Presentation in the Temple

Tuesday afternoon my 8 year old son has atrium with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This has been a favorite and special time for him for over 4 years.

He received the presentation on the Presentation in the Temple with Simeon and Anna. Later his catechist shared with me his reflections. She didn’t remember his exact words, but he said Simeon knew that this child was special, and after holding Jesus he had so much joy he would be ready to die.

My son also said Mary recognized that Jesus wasn’t a baby like other babies, and she knew that her heart would hurt as He grew up.

He was excited to read the Canticle Nunc Dimittis, recognizing it because it’s on the back cover of the Magnificat. He wanted to do the Canticle in calligraphy right away.

I talked with him before bedtime on the Presentation and wondered if he had any thoughts. He was explaining how the figures in the atrium have a little hole in Mary and Simeon, so that both can hold the baby Jesus. Then he was thinking about how Mary was holding the baby Jesus, he said:

“Mary was holding Jesus in her arms like this at the Presentation, with Jesus only 8 days old. She held him the same way 33 years later at the foot of the Cross.”

Powerful food for meditation.

 

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3 thoughts on “Presentation in the Temple

  1. Out of the mouths of babes! That is beautiful, Jennifer! Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is such a beautiful program, too!

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