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.”
Dear God, Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the Temple to bring him before you. Thank you for their fait3h and their faithfulness. May we, every day, bring the people you have entrusted to us before you in prayer – family, friends, fellow Christians, the needy of our world – and be prepared to make sacrifices of time, talent and resources on their behalf.