Luke, Chapter 2

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Joseph and Mary Present Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem

21And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. 22And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord 23As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord 24And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. 25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,” (Luke 2: 21-27)

Eight days following the miraculous birth, Joseph and Mary take their infant child to Jerusalem to be circumcised. It is on this occasion that the baby receives his name—Jesus. At the entrance to the Temple, Joseph and Mary encounter a righteous man named Simon.  The three celebrate this significant occasion in the place where the divine presence is felt and a new bond is formed between divine abundance and God’s representative in the physical realm. Simon was told that he would not die before the Messiah was born. Every human being is an instrument through which divine abundance is carried into the world. Each one of us has a mission: to become righteous, improve our reality, and strive to ascend higher spiritual levels. Our ultimate duty is to perfect ourselves and the world.

Saintliness is achieved when we overcome negativity and possess absolute certainty that the light of the Creator informs every thought and every deed.