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DG BookGospel: Luke 2:22-35
When the day came for the purification according to the law of Moses,
they brought the baby up to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord,
as it is written in the law of the Lord: Every firstborn male shall be consecrated to God.
And they offered a sacrifice, as ordered in the law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.

There lived in Jerusalem, at this time, a very upright and devout man named Simeon; the Holy Spirit was in him.
He looked forward to the time when the Lord would comfort Israel; and he had been assured,
by the Holy Spirit, that he would not die before seeing the Messiah of the Lord.
So, he was led into the temple by the Holy Spirit at the time the parents brought the child Jesus,
to do for him according to the custom of the law. Simeon took the child in his arms,
and blessed God, saying, “Now, O Lord, you can dismiss your servant in peace, for you have fulfilled your word and my eyes have seen your salvation, which you display for all the people to see. Here is the light you will reveal to the nations, and the glory of your people Israel.”
His father and mother wondered at what was said about the child. Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary,
his mother, “Know this: your son is a sign; a sign established for the falling and rising of many in Israel,
a sign of contradiction; and a sword will pierce your own soul, so that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.”

It must have been with great joy that Mary and Joseph went to the temple to redeem their belo­ved son.
Because they were poor they could only bring a pair of turtle doves.
Little did they know that they were only redee­ming the Redee­mer tempora­rily! Simeon,
as it were, gave them unimaginable news. This your son is destined to be “a sign of contradiction”
(the prediction of the cross). Then he adds the ominous pro­phecy “and a sword will pierce your own soul.”
From the pierced side the Lord God would reveal the depths of His mercy.
But alas the pierced side does not only stab the Son but the mother as well. Stabat Mater Dolorosa!
Did Mary hear right? Her joy at giving birth to the Son of God is
to be replaced by the sorrow of kno­wing that her Son would suffer and that she,
too, would suffer! So truly, the King of All Nations shall have the Queen Mother of all Nations.
He shall be the redeemer by offering his life in sacrifice. Mary and Joseph went home, possibly asking “Father,
can this truly become the fate of the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes?” Mary’s initial “fiat”
must be succeeded by many more “fiats.”
We must journey with Mary so that we may understand the mystery of the pierced side of ­Jesus! O Holy ­Redeemer,
redeemed by Mary by a pair of turtledoves, you will redeem us by your blood. Have mercy of on us!

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