And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord), and to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
On the third Sunday of Advent, let's ponder upon the role of Mary, who – as always – teaches each & every Christian of some good approaches to take toward her Son.
The statement, heard so much today, "Jesus is important, not the church", may, sadly, be reduced to ''Jesus will do everything for me, while I need not to do anything..."
Had the words been approved by Christ, though, He would not chosen Mary as His Mother.
She, being a devout Jewish woman, tells us on each occasion ''I will do everything for Jesus, and – while our relation is of the most importance – will strengthen the bond between us, being present at the temple for my Son as often as possible*.
Tomasz, Racibórz +
*Presentation in the temple & looking for Jesus in the temple, can both serve as great examples of the admirable attitude of the Blessed Virgin Mary toward Our Lord.