“I Have to Get WHAT Cut Off!: and I Have too Pay ALSO!” – Lk 2:21-24

Have the kids experienced ‘let-down’ yet?  Just 364 days till CHRISTMAS again! 

Mary CHRISTmas!

Quote or Joke of the Day:


Jesus is the man God intended all humans to be. (D.L. Dykes)



Today’s Meditation:


When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.  When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,”  and to offer the sacrifice of “a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons,” in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.  (NAB Lk 2:21-24)


Just as John [the Baptist] before him had been incorporated into the people of Israel through his circumcision, Jesus becomes a member of Gods chosen people through his circumcision.   This is the time that a Jewish baby receives his name:  Jesus’ name means “God Saves.”   The presentation of Jesus in the temple shows that Joseph and Mary were devout Jews, and faithful followers of the law of Moses.  In this respect, they are described in a fashion similar to the parents of John, and Simeon, and Anna. 

According to the Mosaic law ( found in Lev 12:2-8), any woman who gives birth to a boy is unable to touch anything sacred, or to enter the temple area by reason of her legal impurity, for forty days.  At the end of this period she is required to offer a year-old lamb as a burnt offering, and a turtle-dove or young pigeon as an expiation of sin.  The woman who could not afford a lamb offered instead two turtle-doves or two young pigeons, as Mary does here.  This shows that Mary and Joseph were not well-off, and of the lowly caste of the population. 

They took Jesus to Jerusalem (which means ‘city of peace’) to present him to God.  As the firstborn son, Jesus was consecrated to God, as the law required (found in Exodus 13:2, 12).  The law further stipulates (in Numbers 3:47-48) that the firstborn son should be redeemed by the parents through a payment of five shekels.  Jesus is presented to God in Jerusalem as a baby; paying for the priviledge of being consecrated to the service of God.  Jesus is again presented in Jerusalem thirty plus years later, as Christ and a servant of God, to pay with His life for the priviledge of servicing God, and redeeming His people.  

Pax et Bonum

Dan Halley, SFO




Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #26:


As a concrete sign of communion and co- responsibility, the councils on various levels, in keeping with the constitutions, shall ask for suitable and well prepared religious for spiritual assistance.  They should make this request to the superiors of the four religious Franciscan families, to whom the Secular Fraternity has been united for centuries.  To promote fidelity to the charism as well as observance of the rule and to receive greater support in the life of the fraternity, the minister or president, with the consent of the council, should take care to ask for a regular pastoral visit by the competent religious superiors as well as for a fraternal visit from those of the higher fraternities, according to the norm of the constitutions. 


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