And when the days were completed for them to be purified according to the law of Moses, they took the child to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord and fulfill what is written in the law of the Lord: “Every first male child shall be consecrated to the Lord. Lord “, and to offer a sacrifice in fulfillment of the Lord’s law, which asks” a pair of turtledoves, or two pigeons. ” (Luke 2: 22-24)
THE CHILDREN AND THE LORD
When Jesus was forty days old, Mary and Joseph took him to the temple to present him before God and offer a sacrifice, as required by the law of Moses. This was the second ritual that every good Jewish father did, to make his firstborn grow in the love of the Lord. Later he would teach her about good and evil, God’s salvation stories, etc. But now, before Jesus was six weeks old, Mary and Joseph were already on the right track.
If you have had the experience of raising children, you know that it is not easy. As parents we prepare them the best we can to face the difficulties of the broken world we live in: we pray for them, we teach them about God and we love them, and we hope they will stand firm in faith.
Sometimes that comes true and we rejoice. Other times, however, we see them turn away from the Lord and our hearts break. But we are not alone; God is also heartbroken. We love them very much, but he loves them even more.
That is our comfort: God has planted seeds of faith in the hearts of our prodigal children whom we love so much. Through baptism, teaching, prayer, and example, we have tried to lead them to Christ. And even though they are now estranged from him, God continues to call them — calling them to their savior Jesus, who lived, died, and rose again for them.
May the knowledge that the One who came into the world to seek and save what was lost continues to search for your prodigal son, serve you as a consolation. Keep praying, hoping, and trusting. God loves you as well as him.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, have mercy on those who have turned away from you and return them to you again through your son Jesus Christ. Amen.