Mary and Joseph are people of tradition. When the time comes, they present Jesus in the Temple. In their encounter with Simeon and Anna, God confirms that they have done the right thing.

Does my community of Faith affirm me for who I am? Do I feel welcome in church, and do I make others feel welcome there?

Dear God, may our ecclesial communities be houses with open doors and open hearts. May we always be ready to welcome the stranger in our midst.