When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”, and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.” Luke 2:22-24 (New International Version)
Dove 1: What are you doing out there?
Me: Who me?
Dove 1: You’re the only one out there. The rest of us are stuck in these cages.
Me: I’m sorry about that. What are you doing in there?
Dove 1: I asked you first.
Me: Well, see that couple over there, the one with the baby?
Dove 2: The people who are looking to buy one or two of us?
Me: Yes. I have been following them all over the country side for months. Their baby was born about six weeks ago, and I think he is the reason I have been tracking them.
Dove 1: But you don’t know why you are following them?
Dove 2: That doesn’t make any sense.
Me: I know. I just wish I could talk to them. Find out who the baby is. Other animals I have talked to have said that he is a savior and a king.
Dove 1: All I know is that if you don’t want to end up in one of these cages with us, you should fly away. You should appreciate your freedom while you have it.
Just then a man lifted the cage with the two doves in it and handed it to Joseph.
Dove 1: Fly away now!
I raised my wings and did as the caged bird had commanded. I flew high into the air above the crowded city. Yes, indeed, I had my freedom. Looking down on all those people in the market place on their way to the temple, it dawned on me. That’s why the baby had been born. That’s why he was called Savior and King. He had come to grant them all freedom, the freedom from sin, that only comes from believing in him, in Jesus Christ.