1 Samuel 1: 20-22. 24-28
Hannah, who was thought unable to conceive, pleads with God to give her a son and vows to dedicate that son to God.  She fulfils her vow and dedicates Samuel to the service of the temple.

1 John 3: 1-2. 21-24

God’s gift of love is that Jesus we are the children of God.  If we are true to God in this life, our hope for the future will be realised: we shall see God as God really is.

Luke 2: 41-52
This incident marks the end of Luke’s infancy narrative and foreshadows the climax of his Gospel, where Jesus teaches in the Temple and incurs the opposition of the chief priests, scribes and leading citizens.