Simeon and Anne are the creatives. Joseph and Mary not


A)  The text of the speech by J.M.Bergoglio:

«In the account of Jesus’ Presentation to the Temple, wisdom is represented by two elderly persons, Simeon and Anna: persons docile to the Holy Spirit (mentioned three times), led by him, inspired by him. The Lord granted them wisdom as the fruit of a long journey along the path of obedience to his law, an obedience which likewise humbles and abases, but which also lifts up and protects hope, making them creative, for they are filled with the Holy Spirit…… It is curious to note that, in this story, it not the young people that are creative, but the elderly persons. The young, like Mary and Joseph, follow the law of the Lord on the path of obedience. The elderly, like Simeon and Anna, see in the Child the fulfilment of the Law and the promises of God. And they are able to celebrate: they are creative in joy and wisdom»” (Homily in Vatican Basilica, Sunday, feast of the presentation of the Lord, February 2, 2015)


B) References to Scriptures:

Now in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. He was an upright and devout man; he looked forward to the restoration of Israel and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he had set eyes on the Christ of the Lord. Prompted by the Spirit he came to the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the Law required, he took him into his arms and blessed God; and he said: Now, Master, you are letting your servant go in peace as you promised; for my eyes have seen the salvation which you have made ready in the sight of the nations; a light of revelation for the gentiles and glory for your people Israel” (Luk 2:25-32)

There was a prophetess, too, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well on in years. Her days of girlhood over, she had been married for seven years before becoming a widow. She was now eighty-four years old and never left the Temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayer. She came up just at that moment and began to praise God; and she spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem” (Luk 2:36-38)

“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.  He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, you who enjoy God’s favour! The Lord is with you’” (Luk 1:26-28)

And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; because he has looked upon the humiliation of his servant. Yes, from now onwards all generations will call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me. Holy is his name, and his faithful love extends age after age to those who fear him” (Luk 1:46-50)

As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luk 2:19)


C) Comment:

Bergoglio, in this speech, apparently innocuous, diminishes essentially and substantially the role and the grandeur of St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose behaviour, in the text above, is preceded by the word “curious” that is opposed to the exaltation of the role of Simeon and Anne, that are mentioned as those who possess the Holy Spirit.

This way of acting, that in fact tends to diminish the role and the behaviour of the Keepers of the Holy Family, is misleading and incorrect.

Who, at that time, must be brought to the attention of the reader? Those whom God has appointed to safeguard the Divine Child, that are by definition the filled of the Holy Spirit or others that, as much as they may be holy, cannot be raised above of Joseph and Mary, Mother of God?

Therefore, what should be noted as “curious”? The fact that Bergoglio emphasises the presence of the Holy Spirit in Simeon and Anne, that makes them “creative” compared with Saint Joseph and Mary, who evidently for Bergoglio are not so?

If the presence of the Holy Spirit makes “creative”, how, in absolute terms, should St. Joseph and Our Lady be? More than any anyone else, even if saint. Instead, the behaviour of Simeon and Anne, defined “creative”, is placed by Bergoglio as opposed to the obedience, just as if the obedience to the law, of Saint Joseph and the Most Holy Mary, was humiliating and unconscious.

Or rather, one should have meditated on why St. Joseph and Our Lady have presented their Son to the Temple anyway, even though from that very Temple came the condemnation to death of Jesus.

St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary were obedient to the Temple for the dictated time, although their Son was above the Law.

At the time when Christ has publicly manifested Himself as the living Temple of God, in contrast to the old temple that first was and then it was not anymore, those who wanted to live God in authenticity and receive the Spirit of the Father, could do it only in the Son, to live and co-participate to His living Mass, true continuous and throbbing.