Purification of Mary/Circumcision/Presentation of Jesus in Temple - by PALMA GIOVANE - from San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
As Mary 'Hands' the Child Jesus to Saint Simeon, the Eyes of the Innocent Child Jesus, are fixed-on the Two Angels carrying the Cross and Crown-of-Thorns, Representations-of His Passion and Death, which were already 'Revealed'-to His Soul, at His Conception in Mary's Womb, by the Power of the Holy Spirit.
In the 'Circumcision' of the Divine Child, there was a Dim Suggestion and Hint-of-Calvary, in the Precious Surrendering of Blood. The Shadow-of the Cross was already Hanging-over an Innocent Child, Eight (8) Days Old. He would have Seven (7) Blood-Sheddings, of which this was the First (1st), the Six (6) Others being:
The Number Seven (7) usually means 'Fullness' or 'Completeness', as in Seven (7) Days of the Week. God rested-on the Seventh (7th) Day. The Seven (7) Blood-Sheddings-of-Jesus, and the Seven (7) Dolors-of-Mary, Signify the 'Fullness' or 'Completeness' of our Redemption.
*** Presentation-of the Lord ―
Leaving-aside all other Considerations, into-which we might enter, on the Many Mysteries-of this Single Festival, we will only consider the Greatness-of the Sacrifice which Mary made-of herself to-God, in-Offering Him on this Day, the Life-of her Son.
When the Time had 'Come', in which, according-to the Law, Mary was to be 'Purified' in the Temple, and to 'Present' Jesus to the Eternal Father, she, accompanied-by Saint-Joseph, 'Directed' her Steps towards Jerusalem. Joseph 'Took' Two Turtle-doves, which were to be 'Offered', and Mary 'Took' her Beloved Infant. She took the Divine Lamb, to 'Offer' It to God, as a Token-of the Great Sacrifice, which He would One Day 'Accomplish' on the Cross.
Behold, Mary entered the Temple, and in the Name of the Whole Human Race, made the Oblation of her Son. But, especially on this Day, Jesus 'Offered' Himself to His Eternal Father. "Behold Me, O Father", He said, "to Thee do I Consecrate my Whole Life; Thou hast Sent Me into the World, to Save it; 'Accept' My Blood and My Life, I Offer them without Reserve, to Thee, for the Salvation of the World".
This Sacrifice was more Precious in the Sight-of God, than if all Men and Angels, had 'Offered' Him their Lives. Yes, because it was in this Offering of Jesus alone, that the Eternal Father 'Received' Infinite (∞) Honor, and Infinite (∞) Satisfaction. Jesus Christ said One Day to Blessed-Angela-of-Foligno: "I Offered Myself for thee, that thou mightest Offer thyself to Me".