Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

Rosary : Reflections : The Presentation

Each reflection passage comes from The Life of Mary, As Seen by the Mystics that I had featured just this past Advent.  If you missed reading these, please refer to the Introduction before you begin these reflections that accompany the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary.  May God Bless you abundantly as you pray!

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After the departure of the Magi,… [Mary and Joseph] divided the gifts into three parts: one for the Temple (the incense and myrrh and some of the gold), another for the priest who had circumcised the Child, and the rest for the poor.

A devout woman whom Mary had helped urged the Holy to move into her modest home, and they humbly accepted her invitation. Sadly they took leave of the holy stable after cleaning it thoroughly.

When the fortieth day after the Nativity drew near, the Immaculate Mother of God did not hesitate to subject herself to the general Hebrew Law requiring the purification of mothers and the presentation of first-born sons in the Temple at Jerusalem.

During the five-mile journey, the weather was unusually severe. Cold, sleety winds made the Child Jesus shiver and weep.

Toward evening… the Holy Family reached the city gate of Jerusalem and found a welcome lodging in the humble home devout old couple.

That night, the holy man Simeon, a very old and thin priest with a short beard, was kneeling at prayer in a tiny cell of the great Temple in Jerusalem…an angel appeared to him and told him to observe carefully the first child presented to the priests… for that child would be the Savior of the world for whom he longed so much.

Before dawn the Holy Family left their lodging in Jerusalem and went to the Temple… At the entrance of the Women’s Court, Mary knelt and humbly presented herself to God with His Son in her arms… [Meanwhile, the] simple and devout old priest Simeon, who had waiting for several hours already, could no longer restrain his impatience. Moved by the Holy Spirit, he went to meet his Lord, and in the hallway he caught sight of both Mother and Child surrounded by a wonderful light.

The whole Temple now seemed to be filled with a heavenly light. Almighty God was present there.

One of the priests took up the Child, raised Him toward heaven and turned to Simeon, who placed Him in the Virgin’s arms and recited over them both some prayers from a rolled manuscript. Then Simeon led Mary back to Anna, who accompanied her to the women’s section. After these ceremonies were over, Simeon came to Mary and received the Infant Jesus from her hands.

St. Joseph had come to join Mary… Simeon blessed them both. Then addressing himself to Mary… he added:  “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted. And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

Reflect: Mary and Jesus had no need to be purified, yet both subjected themselves to the Law of Moses so that all might be fulfilled.  Can we say the same about our lives and how we are living them? Have we resigned ourselves completely to the Will of God, fulfilling each requirement necessary for His Glory and our satisfaction?  Or do we just choose to bury our heads in the sand and philosophize that it doesn’t really matter?

Mary, Mother of God, help us to have total faith and resolve to follow God’s Holy Will for our lives, just as you have done for your life and the life of your Son.  In His precious name, we pray.  Amen.

Our Father…


 
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