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The young Jesus goes to the temple

The young Jesus goes to the temple
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Saint for Today: St. Antony of Lerins

The young Jesus goes to the temple

Following the laws established by Moses, Joseph and Mary brought their infant son Jesus to Jerusalem, whey they presented him to the Lord in the temple. While they were there a man named Simeon entered the temple. He was a very devout man, and the Lord had revealed to him that he would not die before seeing the promised Messiah. He held Jesus in his arms and declared, “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation.”
Joseph and Mary could not hide their surprise at the words of Simeon. Then Simeon blessed them and gave a prophecy to Mary. “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted … so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.”
At the same time in the temple was an old woman named Anna, who prayed night and day and fasted often. When she saw Jesus she also came forward to give thanks to God for him. And she told anyone who would listen that a very special child had been born in Israel.
Every year after that, for the feast of Passover, Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to Jerusalem. When Jesus was 12 years old, he remained in Jerusalem, but his parents thought that he was with friends or relatives who had traveled with them. When Jesus could not be found, his parents returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
When they finally found Jesus, he was with some of the teachers. He had been asking them questions, and many who heard what he said were amazed by the wisdom of such a young boy. But his parents were not amazed. They were angry.
Mary said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”
With a puzzled expression on his face, Jesus asked his mother, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my father’s house?” In spite of the many times when God had spoken to Mary or Joseph about how special their son was going to be, they did not always understand. Mary tried to keep these moments in her memory. And Jesus went with his parents when they returned to Nazareth, and he was a loving and obedient son to them. 


Luke 2

1. Why did Mary and Joseph bring baby Jesus to the temple?
2. How did Jesus answer his mother when she found him with the teachers?

Saint for Today: St. Anthony of Lerins

Antony of Lerins (466-520) became an orphan at the age of 8 and was given over to the care of St. Severinus. Having most likely grown up in a monastery, Antony was surrounded by men who were devoted to their faith. Antony became a monk himself when he was 20 years old. He worked closely with a priest named Marius, who wanted Antony to become a priest to help him with his work. Antony preferred a more solitary life of service and joined two hermits who lived near a lake. There he was able to pray and study the Scriptures and also work in his garden. Because many visitors wanted to meet him, he retreated to a more solitary place in the Alps. Several miracles are attributed to him, and we remember him on Dec. 28.


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