And when the day came for them to be purified as laid down by the Law of Moses, they took Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord—observing what stands written in the Law of the Lord: Every first-born male must be consecrated to the Lord—and also to offer in sacrifice, in accordance with what is said in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. Now in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. He was an upright and devout man.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he had set eyes on the Christ of the Lord. Prompted by the Spirit, he came to the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for Him what the law required, he took Him into his arms and blessed God, and he said:.
Because my eyes have seen the salvation Which you have prepared for all nations to see, A light to enlighten the pagans And the glory of your people Israel. According to the law, Mary and Joseph took their new Son to the Temple to be consecrated to the Lord. Simeon recognized Jesus as the Messiah. Mary gave Jesus to God through the priest—a sacrifice. God gave Jesus back to us through the priest—a sacrament. Simeon prophesized about Jesus.
Jesus is not subject to the Law of Moses; yet, to teach obedience, He submits to it. Mary is not subject to the law of purification; yet, in humility she submits to it.
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Jesus and Mary submitted themselves publicly to the law. They are true and pure models for the Word of God. In their submission to the law, Simeon confirmed the presence of the Messiah in the world. Do I turn to the traditions and laws of the Church to guide and direct me to God? Do I turn to devotions, like the Rosary, to give me strength and grace to fulfill the will of God? I pray that I might use the teaching of the Church created by Christ and nurtured by the Virgin Mary to guide and direct me to God.
I pray that I might use suffering in my life to bring me closer to God as shown to me by the lives of Jesus and Mary. We pray for the gift of Piety.
Every year, His parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover. When He was twelve years old, they went up for the feast as usual. When they were on their way home after the feast, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it.
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When they failed to find Him, they went back to Jerusalem looking for Him everywhere. Three days later, they found Him in the Temple, sitting among the doctors, listening to them, and asking them questions; and all those who heard Him were astounded at His intelligence and His replies. See how worried your father and I have been, looking for You? He then went down with them and came to Nazareth and lived under their authority. His mother stored up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and men. Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.
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When it came time to return home, it was the custom of the Jewish people to travel in large groups for security and company. It was also their custom for the men and women to travel separately within the caravan. Because Jesus was only twelve, He could have comfortably traveled in either group. What panic must have overcome them when they discovered He was missing?
Jesus did not lose His family. They thought He must be with them.
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They took it for granted that He was there. Children are not the property of their parents, nor of the government. The boy Jesus was filled with wisdom, because He is God. Let us pray that all people may see the wisdom of His teachings about the dignity of life, and may understand that this teaching is not an opinion, but the truth. On October 16, , Pope St. Following are pro-life meditations on these mysteries. When Jesus is baptized, the Father's voice is heard: "This is my beloved Son. We pray that children in the womb may be protected, so that they may be born and welcomed into the Christian community by baptism.
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Let us pray for strong marriages, rooted in the Lord, and open to the gift of new life. May they know that the Lord calls them to conversion, and may they experience life-giving repentance. Christ is transformed on the mountain, and the disciples see His glory. May the eyes of all people be transformed, that they may see each and every human life as a reflection of the glory of God Himself. Let us pray that parents who sacrifice the babies for the sake of themselves may learn instead to put themselves aside for the sake of their babies.
Let us pray for mothers and fathers who are in agony because they are tempted to abort a child. May they be given the good news that there are alternatives, and may they make use of the help that is available. As Christ's flesh was torn by the instruments of those who scourged Him, so the bodies of babies in the womb are torn by the instruments of the abortionists. Let us pray that abortionists may repent of these acts of child-killing.
Jesus suffered the pain of thorns in His head, and did so silently. We pray for the mothers and fathers of aborted children. So many of them suffer deep grief and regret over a choice they can never reverse.
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So many suffer in silence, because others tell them it's no big deal. Jesus was not condemned by the power of wicked people. He was condemned because of the silence of good people. Silence always helps the oppressor, never the victim. Let us pray that we may never be silent about abortion, but rather will clearly speak up to save babies from death. As we ponder the death of Christ, let us remember the many women who have died from so-called "safe, legal" abortions. Let us ask forgiveness and mercy for them.
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