Daily Word Of God
When the day came for them to be purified in keeping with the Law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord – observing what is 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 prescribed in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.
When they had done everything the Law of the Lord required, they went back to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. And as the child grew to maturity, he was filled with wisdom; and God’s favour was with him.
Today's Pointers on God's Word
As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?
- Both Simeon and Anna, being very devout and close to God, were touched by the Holy Spirit to recognize Jesus as the Christ of the Lord. Are we deeply in touch with the Holy Spirit’s promptings in our daily living?
- In today’s Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, where He was “offered to God,” it is good to ask ourselves whether we have lived a life that is dedicated to God. How often have we ‘offered’ our time and make sacrifices to the Lord?
- As the child Jesus is ‘offered’ to God, He will eventually offer His life on the Cross through His death. Are we willing to accept the pains and trials of our lives and ‘offer’ them to God for the good and salvation of others?