Feast of the
Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk
2nd February 2014
Taken from Fr. Goffine's
The Church's Year
subject to this law of purification?
No, for she
had not, like other mothers, conceived in sin, and,
therefore, did not need purification; but she placed herself
with her divine Child among sinners and fulfilled the law by
which these were bound. "Nothing", says St. Bernard, "was
impure in her conception, nothing impure in her birth; there
was nothing to be cleansed, for the Child itself was the
origin of all purity, and came into the world to purify it
from sin. Truly, O happy Virgin, thou wast not in need of
purification, but thou wouldst pass as a woman among women,
as thy Son also passed for a child among children."
Mary comply with the law of purification?
She did this
to give us an example of obedience and true humility, for
she interiorly thought little of herself and wished
externally to be so regarded; to teach us to thank God for
the favours He has shown to our ancestors, for the law of
the Jews was given to encourage them to gratitude for the
preservation of the first-born of their ancestors from the
hands of the destroying angel; (Exodus XII. 12.) and in
order not to scandalize, by being regardless of this law,
those who did not know that she was not required to observe
Christian, from Mary's example to be truly humble and
obedient, to be grateful to God for the benefits which your
ancestors and parents have received, and to be on your guard
never to give scandal, by failing to observe the
commandments of God and His Church.
How did it
come to pass that Simeon met the Saviour in the temple?
was a pious and faithful servant of God, it had been
promised him that he should not die, until he had seen the
Saviour. When Jesus was brought into the temple, Simeon was
inspired by God to go there also, and when he found Jesus
there, he by divine inspiration knew Him to be the Messiah,
and gave testimony of Him.
Simeon call Jesus a light for the revelation of the
had come into the world as the true light, (John I. 9) which
was to free the Gentiles from the darkness of superstition
and idolatry, and from the blindness and slavery of Satan,
as well as to conduct the Jews out of the bondage of the
Mosaic Law into the liberty of the children of God. (Gal.