February 2, 2019
(The Presentation of the Lord)
When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,” and to offer the sacrifice of “a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons,” in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord. Lk_2:22-40
To all God-fearing and law-abiding people, the dictates of the law must be followed. And thus it was that Mary and Joseph knew and followed their call to have Jesus consecrated by the Priests in the Temple, at the “proper time.” But it just happened that there were a couple of total strangers who intervened in the process. And they knew the unknown! And they blessed and forewarned Mary and Joseph about what they were to expect with this very special little child.
You see, it was all foretold in the ancient Scriptures. And if one were devoted to God and their faith, as were Simeon and Anna, God would have let them in on this little secret: Jesus IS the promised Messiah, the Savior of the world. Now, without taking away our freedom of choice, our free will, God gives us the power of decision. Do we accept that salvation through our belief, our faith in Him? Or do we reject it and miss out on what God wants all of us to so freely have – Eternal Life! Simeon and Anna knew, without a doubt! Do we?
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