Every first-born male belongs to God, according to Exodus 13, and any family that wished to keep its first-born son instead of offering him up for religious service had to redeem him with a sacrifice in the Temple on the fortieth day after his birth.
When I think of The Feast of the Presentation of our Lord, I can’t help recalling the offertories I have witnessed in Haiti.
I love thinking about Simeon holding Jesus in the temple singing about how his eyes have finally seen God that light to enlighten the nations.
Today is the day that many Christians remember and honor the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, or the event in scripture when Mary and Joseph brought the infant Jesus to the Temple.
Our families show us God in everyday life. Recognizing these moments is critical for our faith and the faith of our children.
Take note! Ash Wednesday is Valentine’s Day this year.
Little did Mary and Joseph know that their routine would bring them face-to-face with a man who had waited his whole life to behold their infant son.