December 26, 1999
That Luke included a man and a woman here tells us something about his image of God, "male and female" as Genesis puts it. Simeon speaks directly to Mary, thereby stretching tradition and Anna is associated with the Temple, a clear reversal of roles that traditionally would have made that the prerogative of male priests. Instead of the Temple hierarchy, we have two lay people, a man and a woman, offering God's word to Mary, Joseph and the others gathered round. Luke seems to be telling us that God's way breaks through the usual patterns of power.