Lectionary Year B
December 29, 2002
Step II: Disposition
(JFC) This pericope seems like it could be a stage drama with directions for each
player to follow to appear on the stage - the Temple. We get the players identified by bane. Each gets a flashback to give the audience some background. Each occupies the spotlight for a few moments until we get to the climax - the matured star. Each scene, including the flashbacks, gets adequate descriptions rather objectively and almost technically for stage and players to carry out the reason for each appearance and goal. The laws get mentioned in each scenario as if to say, "Mark this, it is important."
B. Personal Interaction
(JFC) Moses' Law of purification brings the child to the Jerusalem? And, does the
Law of the Lord require sacrificing of doves and/or pigeons for purification or for presentation/dedication/naming of a child? Was Simeon's taking the child in his arms expected or was it extraordinary? What about Anna's appearing and declaration, was that part of the happening customary or exceptional?
(JFC) Moses' Law of purification sets the stage in the first (22) verse of this lection.
The doves and pigeons are in the 24th verse. Simeon's taking up the child is in verse 28. Anna's words come in verse 38.
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