Lk 2:22-40 — The presentation in the temple
22 When the days were completed for their purification according to the Law of Moses, [Joseph and Mary] took [Jesus] up to Jerusalem to preset him to the Lord…
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the holy Spirit was upon him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord. 27 He camae in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, 28 he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:
29 ”Now, Master, you may let your servant go/ in peace, according to your word,/ 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,/ 31 which you prepared in sight of all the people,/ 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,/ and glory for your people Israel.”
33 The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; 34 and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted 35 [and you yourself a sword will pierce] so that the the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” 36 There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, on the tribe of Asher. She was advised in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four… 38 And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were waiting the redemption of Jerusalem.
39 When they had fulfilled all the prescription of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.
Disclaimer & Disclosure: From the “365 Days with the Lord” Daily Liturgical Guide from our Pauline Family.