According to the law of Moses, a woman who gave birth to a boy was unable to touch anything sacred or to enter the temple area by reason of her legal impurity, for forty days, (80 days for a girl). At the end of this period she was required to offer a year-old lamb as a burnt offering and a turtledove or young pigeon as an expiation of sin. The woman who could not afford a lamb, offered two turtledoves or two young pigeons instead.
Mary and Joseph presented Jesus in the temple 40 days after his birth, and consecrated Him to the Lord, as was customary in the Jewish tradition, and used two turtle doves as a sacrifice.
Even though Jesus is the Son of God, Mary and Joseph remained obedient to the Law by presenting Jesus in the temple. Mary did not need to be purified as She is Immaculate, without sin, but in her humility she goes to the temple gate to be purified.
We perceive the humility and obedience of Mary and Joseph observing God’s precepts.
Simeon prophecies Mary’s role in Christ’s redemptive suffering, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed–and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
Anna, filled with the Holy Spirit praised and thanked God for this child who would be our Saviour; ‘‘At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.’’
We ask you dearest Blessed Mother, to present us all to Jesus, our families, friends and relations, our neighbours, all in our countries and in our world, most especially those who have not come to know the beautiful love of God and those who have turned away from His Unfathomable love and mercy.
We ask you Lord to give us the gift of humility and obedience in all we do for your greater honour and glory.
“Dear children! I call you anew: be open to my messages. I desire, little children, to draw you all closer to my Son Jesus; therefore, you pray and fast. Especially I call you to pray for my intentions, so that I can present you to my Son Jesus; for Him to transform and open your hearts to love. When you will have love in the heart, peace will rule in you. Thank you for having responded to my call. ” 25th July 2004
“….. I love you and I desire to conduct you all with me to Paradise. But, if you do not pray and if you are not humble and obedient to the messages which I am giving you, I cannot help you. Thank you for having responded to my call. ” 25th April 1994
Luke 2:22-40 The child Jesus is welcomed by the devout elders, Simeon and Anna
When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every first born male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtle doves or two young pigeons.”
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed–and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.