Tuesday, January 15, 2008

In Company with Us

Today is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple (Luke 2:21-39), according to the Coptic Calendar.

St. Cyril of Alexandria writes,

He yielded therefore His neck to the law in company with us, because the plan of salvation so required: for it became Him to fulfill all righteousness. For having assumed the form of a slave, as being now enrolled by reason of His human nature among those subject to the yoke, He once even paid the half shekel to the collectors of the tribute, although by nature free, and as the Son not liable to pay the tax.

So, when you see Him keeping the law, don't be offended or place the free-born among the slaves, but reflect rather upon the profoundness of the plan of salvation.

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