A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Monday 29 December


1 John 2:3-11, Psalm 96, Luke 2:22-35

The ransom paid

Jesus was presented to God in the temple. A first-born son had to be purchased back from God. First-born sons of Jewish parents were the Lord’s property. Because he spared Jewish boys from universal destruction of the first-born, at the time of the Exodus. So Jesus was handed to the chief priest, money was formally paid and placed in the temple treasury. Jesus was returned to Mary. The ransom was paid for his release. Jesus Christ was the ransom for our release from sin, making us free to enter heaven. Thanks be to God.

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