On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”
Purification rites would have been required 40 days after Jesus’ birth. Consecrate means to set apart for God’s use.
What do you imagine the conversations between Mary and Joseph were like just after Jesus was born? A week later? A month later?
Knowing what they had been told about their baby, do you think Mary and Joseph had any hesitation about presenting Jesus at the temple?
Is any emotion evoked in you when you speak the name, “Jesus”? Describe it.
How do you feel when you hear someone use the name of Jesus in anger or frustration?
Jesus, my Lord. Your name evokes in me a love beyond compare. Forgive me the times your name has escaped my mouth as a curse or out of anger or frustration. My heart breaks to know how this grieves you. When I hear your name, I see eyes that penetrate my soul and cried for me, arms spread wide enough to encompass even me, a body beaten and broken for me, and a mouth that knows my name. But Lord, I also see a glorious and fierce light, a strong arm that pulls me up, and an ocean of grace. Jesus. Lord Jesus.