This week’s Gospel recounts the presentation of our Lord Jesus according to Jewish customs. According to the law, Mary and Joseph were required to take him to the temple to “redeem” him, and also for Mary to offer a sacrifice to overcome the ritual impurity of childbirth.
This course of events is quite curious since Jesus did not need redemption, in fact, he came to save us. But the humility of Mary and Joseph to observe the law is a great lesson for us all.
It was not an easy journey for the holy family to observe this tradition. They probably had to travel a week or so by foot to the temple in Jerusalem just to check off this box. But they did so obediently.
This calls to mind Romans 13:1 which says “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God”.
Hence we are all called to be obedient to our governing authorities of the day. Unless they instruct us to commit a sin, we should be faithful subjects as these are the structures that have been put in place over us.