Presenting to the Father What Belongs to Him

Mary presents Jesus to the Lord under the shadow of the cross as illustrated by Joseph Cannella in The Rosary Prayer by Prayer.

After the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph followed their obligation to Hebrew Law and journeyed to Jerusalem. At great physical and financial challenge, they went to the temple for purification, to offer sacrifices, and present Jesus to the Lord.

Scripture says, “They brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons’” (Luke 2:23-24).

We don’t know how fully Mary understood that Jesus was the Messiah or the role he would play in the salvation of all humankind. Most likely, when she presented her beautiful baby to the Lord, she trusted in God, but did not have the foresight to know what ultimately would be required–that she would witness Jesus’ torture, taunting, and crucifixion.

All that I am and all that I have I dedicate to you Almighty Father, as everything comes from you.

(The illustration of The Presentation, the 4th Joyful Mystery of the Rosary, and the above prayer can be found in The Rosary Prayer by Prayer, available from and ACTA Publications.)


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