In the ritual of the purification of Mary and the presentation of Jesus in the Temple, we are reminded that Love purifies everyone. Even for Mary and Jesus, the Love who is God is made present in simple human rituals. The mystery of the Presentation of the Lord purifies the Temple by the presence of Jesus and Mary.

Am I open to being purified by Love? I do not have the purity of either, but God’s Love can cleanse me if I am open to it.

Gracious god, may I be granted the open mind and heart that can lead to purity. By being disposed to the gift of Your Love, may I also be open to bringing this good news to others today.