Saturday, October 3, 2020

Meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary: The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

This is a scripture quote from Simeon the prophet, who met the Holy Family at the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, and prophesied to Mary her future heartache for the sake of souls. This is the 4th Joyful mystery of the rosary. The Joyful mysteries of the rosary consist of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) The Visitation (Luke 1:39-56) The Nativity (Luke 2:1-20) The Presentation (Luke 2:22-40) and the Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52) I have shared some meditations on the first 3 Joyful mysteries, today I want to share about this 4th mystery. When I am praying through this decade, I think about several things. First, I am giving all of my intentions to Our Lady to carry with her up those temple steps, to present to the Father, with the greatest offering of all, her son Jesus. You know when your child brings a bunch of stuff to you? maybe toys, or dirty clothes, and it’s more than you can hold and definitely more than they can hold, as stuff is falling out from both sides? That’s the image I have of me handing all of my intentions to the Blessed Mother, it’s like “before you make the trip up those steps with St. Joseph and baby Jesus, can you take all this too? Please?” 😇🙏🏻 Except she can handle it, because Jesus is her son, and He’s God. I also think about the thoughts going through her mind, as she carried her beloved baby boy to present Him to God the Father, and how her motherhood from the beginning was one big sacrificial offering to the Father. And how much love she had to have, to give Him up multiple times, for us. And I ask for the same sacrificial love. I remember when my oldest child, was circumcised in the hospital. Everything with your first child you remember, and so much of it traumatizes you as a mom, because it’s all new and uncharted territory. I couldn’t bear to hear him cry those first few days after birth, and the thought of him suffering in another room without me was even worse. I would imagine Our Lady, experienced the first of many pangs of her heart, when she had to give him to the priests for the presentation. And I offer to the Father, through her heart, all of my heartaches as well. Because I know that they will be redeemed, by Christ Jesus her son. 


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