Mary and Joseph desire to unite their newborn child with the divine presence dwelling in the temple - the privileged place of encounter with God. By that Presentation Jesus is shown to be the firstborn Son who belongs to the Lord. This revelation transforms the way that we belong. Christ's visits to the temple later in life re-presented his Presentation by intensifying this infant encounter with his Father. Ultimately, Christ identifies himself with the temple: he is God's dwelling-place among people. As today Mary carries her baby to the temple, she is leading Jesus and us to our own true self.
(Courtesy of the Magnificat)