A. This obedience was difficult. Mary had to appear before the priestin the temple as an act of legal purification.B. This was blind obedience. She submitted to the letter of the law,although she was not strictly bound to that ordinance.C. This was big-hearted obedience. By doing more than her dutydemanded, Mary showed her burning love for God.
A. By her virginity. She preferred not to appear superior to otherwomen, but chose to appear in the eyes of the world, as long as Godwilled it, less pure than she really was.B. By her holiness. Although she was the purest and holiest of crea-tures, Mary, on her knees, begged the priest in the temple to prayfor her.C. By her divine motherhood. There was nothing external to distin-guish Mary from all sinful mothers, even though she was themother of God. But that was because of the greater delight on thepart of God, and because the Almighty had regarded the humilityof His handmaid. Therefore, all generations will call her blessed.
A. She offered up her divine Son. She offered Jesus, the only delightof her heart, not as a mere ceremony but as a sacrifice in the strict-est sense. She offered Him that He might suffer and die and fulfillall that the prophet had foretold about Him.B. Out of love Mary brought Jesus back by the sacrifice of the turtledoves.C. Joyfully and tenderly she carried Him home.