Joyful Mysteries: The Presentation of Our Lord


In this month of the Holy Rosary, we are pleased to introduce our new series of short reflections, ‘A Minute with Mary’. For the month of October Paul will cover each of the mysteries of the Holy Rosary.

The PresentationThe Fourth Joyful Mystery: the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

And when the days of her purification were fulfilled according to the Law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. (Luke 2: 22-23) 

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When Mary presented the baby Jesus in the temple she entrusted Him to the Father. By this consecration, Mary surrendered Her will to the Father’s trusting completely that God’s ways will bring about the best possible outcome for herself and for everyone who trusts in God – even though She may not have completely understood everything at the time.

Let us imitate Pope John Paul II and completely entrust ourselves to Mary, so that She can present us, through Her Son, to the Father. In entrusting ourselves to Mary we surrender and trust that God’s will is nothing but the perfect expression of His love for us.

At the temple Simeon and Anna rejoiced at witnessing the presence of Jesus. We also rejoice at Jesus presence, especially in the Holy Eucharist. Through the poverty of the Holy Family and their example, they teach us to be faithful to the laws of the Church and to trust completely in God’s loving provision for us.


About Author

Paul Elarde is passionate about responding to Blessed John Paul II’s call to the New Evangelisation. He has presented faith talks to young adult groups and parishes around Sydney for the past nine years and led groups on pilgrimage to many Marian Shrines in Europe. Paul has worked for the Sydney Archdiocese as coordinator for the pastoral aspects of the visit of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati’s incorrupt body for WYD08, and on the leadership team for the Sydney Archdiocesan Youth Leaders Formation Courses. He has studied theology and is a graduate from The University of Notre Dame in Sydney.

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