THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES
||Mary and Joseph present
Jesus to His Heavenly Father in the Temple of Jerusalem forty
days after His birth. (Luke 2:22-39)
On the day of the Presentation God received infinitely more glory than He had
previously received in the temple from all the sacrifices and all the holocausts of the Old Testament. On
this day it is His own Son Jesus Who is offered to Him, and Who offers to the Father the
infinite homage of adoration, thanksgiving, expiation and supplication.
This is indeed a gift worthy of God.
And it is from the hands of the Virgin, full of grace, that this offering, so pleasing to God, is
received. Mary's faith is perfect. Filled with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, she has a clear
understanding of the value of the offering which she is making to God at this moment; by His
inspirations the Holy Spirit brings her soul into harmony with the interior dispositions of the
heart of her Divine Son.
Just as Mary had given her consent in the name of all humanity when the angel announced
to her the mystery of the Incarnation, so also on this day Mary offers Jesus to the Father in
the name of the whole human race. For she knows that her Son is "the King of Glory, the
new light enkindled before the dawn, the Master of life and death."