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Sunday’s Reading: Christ’s Presentation (Lk 2) – 5 Quotes from the Fathers

Sunday’s Reading: Christ’s Presentation (Lk 2) – 5 Quotes from the Fathers

Complement your discussions and meditations on today’s Sunday Reading with 5 quotes from the fathers of the Church. Today, at Mass, St. Luke records the Purification of Mary and the maturation of the Christ Child in wisdom and grace.

Weighing in today we have St. Athansius, St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Ambrose, Origen and Theophylact. Legwork complementary of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Gospel Reading for this Sunday: Luke 2:22, 39-40
  1. st luke
    And when the time had come for purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem, to present him before the Lord there… And now, when all had been done that the law of the Lord required, they returned to Galilee, and to their own town of Nazareth. And so the child grew and came to his strength, full of wisdom; and the grace of God rested upon him.

    St. Luke the Evangelist

  2. St Athanasius
    For as not to confer grace on Himself was He made man and circumcised in the flesh, but to make us Gods through grace, and that we might be circumcised in the Spirit, so for our sakes is He presented to the Lord, that we also might learn to present ourselves to the Lord.

    St. Athanasius

  3. St. Gregory of Nyssa
    Now this commandment of the law seems to have had its fulfillment in the incarnate God, in a very remarkable and peculiar manner. For He alone, ineffably conceived and incomprehensibly brought forth, opened the virgin’s womb, till then unopened by marriage, and after this birth miraculously retaining the seal of chastity.

    Gregory of Nyssa

  4. St Ambrose
    For among those that are born of a woman, the Lord Jesus alone is in every thing holy, who in the newness of His immaculate birth experienced not the contagion of earthly defilement, but by His Heavenly Majesty dispelled it. For if we follow the letter, how can every male be holy, since it is undoubted that many have been most wicked? But He is holy whom in the figure of a future mystery the pious ordinances of the divine law prefigured, because He alone was to open the hidden womb of the holy virgin Church for the begetting of nations.

    Ambrose

  5. Origen
    Where are they who deny that Christ proclaimed in the Gospel the law to be of God, or can it be supposed that the righteous God made His own Son under a hostile law which He Himself had not given? It is written in the law of Moses as follows, Every male which opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord.

    Origen

  6. Theophylact
    If you diligently examine the words of the law, you will find indeed that the mother of God as she is free from all connection with man, so is she exempt from any obligation of the law. For not every woman who brings forth, but she who has received seed and brought forth, is pronounced unclean, and by the ordinances of the law is taught that she must be cleansed, in order to distinguish probably from her who though a virgin has conceived and brought forth. But that we might be loosed from the bonds of the law, as did Christ, so also Mary submitted herself of her own will to the law.

    Theophylact

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