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.
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.
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.