There is a tendency, I’m afraid, to flatten out and sentimentalize the meaning of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. We see it as just a charming tale of a little child being entrusted to the protection of God at the beginning of his life. But there is more going on here—a lot more. To understand it, the Church gives us the somewhat enigmatic reading from the book of the prophet Malachi.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm – Psalm 24:7-10
Reading 2 – Hebrews 2:14-18
Gospel – Luke 2:22-40