The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are five mysteries that we meditate on regarding Jesus’s early life. The Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation in the Temple.
Luke 2: 22-38
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 turtledoves or two young pigeons,” in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:
“Now, Master, you may let your servant go
in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in sight of all the peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted
(and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.
Every Jewish male child had to be dedicated and circumcised when he was eight days old as God commanded in the Law. Today as we reflect on the Fourth Joyful Mystery, obedience comes to my mind. Joseph and Mary brought baby Jesus to the Temple in obedience of the Law. They offered the sacrifice in obedience of the Law. Simeon in obedience to the Spirit came into the Temple and was in the presence of the Messiah.
Simeon and Anna both were obedient servants of God in the Temple. Mary and Joseph were obedient servants of God raising Jesus. Jesus was obedient to them as a child and adult.
Prayer: Oh My Jesus help me to be obedient to you and your teaching.