In this 6th Grade lesson, we study the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple.
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Joseph and Mary were always obedient. Because of their obedience to God, they fulfilled all of what the Jewish customs of the time demanded of them.
When Jesus was forty days old, Mary and Joseph took Him to the Temple in Jerusalem. This was done to complete Mary’s purification after having given birth to Jesus and to present the firstborn to the Temple out of obedience to the Law of Moses. Because they were very poor, Joseph and Mary provided a pair of doves to be sacrificed because they could not afford a lamb.
When they reached the Temple, they met a man named Simeon. Simeon had been promised by God that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah of the Lord. When Simeon saw Jesus, he prophesied the redemption that Jesus would bring, and he said:
“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel.”
Simeon recognized that Jesus was the Messiah. He knew that now he could die in peace.
Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.”
He told Mary that she would suffer just as Jesus would suffer.
At the same time, an elderly woman named Anna was in the Temple. She praised God for Jesus and told everyone in the Temple about Jesus and how He would redeem Israel.
This mystery tells us about Mary as well as Jesus. Mary’s soul would be “pierced by a sword.” While she is sinless, she isn’t even close to divine. She was a perfect place for Our Lord to dwell. Mary did not save us, but her “yes” to God allowed Our Lord to become man. God could have chosen numerous ways to save us, but He chose the Cross—to show us the epitome of His love for us. And He chose Mary for Him to dwell within.
The Presentation also reminds us of our Baptism. No longer do we present babies in the temple. Today we are purified through Baptism, where by the grace of God our sins are washed clean. This beautiful Sacrament saves us and renews us as the presentation did in the Jewish times. Just as the Jewish people were bound by the Law of Moses, we are bound by the Law of the Church.Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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