Saturday, February 02, 2008


Kim said...

Hello! I enjoy your blog very much. I'm a Protestant looking into the roots of my faith and I ran across your blog in my searches.

Curious. Is Jesus tightly wrapped in those pictures in preparation for his circumcision? I've never seen pics like that before. Very striking. :)


Joyful Catholics said...

Hi Kim
Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog. The way my husband understands it is that the Presentation of the Lord has to do with presenting the first born son to God, and not necessarily with circumcision. He says he may be wrong, so don't quote him. Although you may want to look up more about it at or New Advent. We're not Scripture scholars, obviously, but are learning, too. Again, thanks for your comment. I found these images very striking, too. God bless.

Kim said...

Ah, yes, I see. I had, for some reason (proximity in the Bible text, perhaps?), linked the 2. But now that I think of it, I do remember reading in Leviticus about the days of purification required after having a baby. And I went and found it:

Lev 12:1 The LORD said to Moses,
Lev 12:2 "Say to the people of Israel, If a woman conceives, and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days; as at the time of her menstruation, she shall be unclean.
Lev 12:3 And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.
Lev 12:4 Then she shall continue for thirty-three days in the blood of her purifying; she shall not touch any hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying are completed.
Lev 12:5 But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her menstruation; and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying for sixty-six days.
Lev 12:6 "And when the days of her purifying are completed, whether for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the door of the tent of meeting a lamb a year old for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering,
Lev 12:7 and he shall offer it before the LORD, and make atonement for her; then she shall be clean from the flow of her blood. This is the law for her who bears a child, either male or female.
Lev 12:8 And if she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she shall be clean."

It's all clear to me now. Thanks for sending me on a hunt.

Oh, and thank you for that lovely bouquet!! Very sweet of you, Susan! I look forward to getting to know you better!

Blessings on your evening!