John Paul II Homilies
MASS FOR RELIGIOUS MEN AND WOMEN
SEVENTH WORLD DAY OF CONSECRATED LIFE
HOMILY OF JOHN PAUL II
Saturday, 1 February 2003
1. "When the time came for their purification ... they brought the child up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord" (Lk 2,22). The Infant Jesus entered the temple of Jerusalem in the arms of his Virgin Mother.
"Born of woman, born under the law" (Gal 4,4), he submitted to the destiny of every first-born male child of his people: according to the Law of the Lord he had to be "ransomed" with a sacrifice, 40 days after his birth (cf. Ex 13,2.12; Lv 12,1-8).