The Circumcision – Christmas Meditation Day 8 (Jan 1)

The Circumcision

Depiction of Mary and Joseph presenting Jesus in the temple and Simeon taking Him. The Baby Jesus reaches back for His Mother

1.  On the first day of the year we commemorate the first shedding of the Precious Blood for us.  Christmas week, as it draws to a close, introduces us to the new-born King in the weakness of the nature that He shared with sinful man.  We now learn that He came, not to manifest His power and majesty, but to be made like unto us in all things as far as it was possible for One Who was the Eternal Son of God.  We begin to appreciate that He is flesh of our flesh and bone of our bone. 

2.  To-day He also proclaims that He is come to suffer for us.  We listen to His first cry of pain, and see the strange spectacle of the first commencement of that Life of which the agony upon the cross was the final consummation.  How shall we ever thank Him as we ought?  How great a joy we should consider it if we have the privilege of suffering some little pain for Him in return!  

3.  He also declares to us to-day that He is come to suffer with us, to take part in all the miseries of humanity, to learn by His own experience all that we have to endure in this valley of tears.  This it is which should console us in all our troubles.  Christ not only knows them all, but has in His mercy felt them all Himself in His sacred Humanity.


Ed. note – it should be no surprise to the reader that these meditations were made long before changes to the Feast days. This meditation is still meritorious to the feast and appropriate matter for fruitful consideration of Christmastide!


Icon showing the Circumcision and Simeon holding a knife to Baby Jesus


wide image of the engraving of Mary and Joseph presenting Baby Jesus in the temple for circumcision.


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