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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Feast of the Presentation of Mary


This Marian celebration calls to mind they day when the Blessed Virgin Mary was presented by her parents Joachim and Anne to the Lord in the temple when she was at the age of three. Although nothing is mentioned about this event in the Holy Bible, apocryphal literature suggests that Mary was presented in fulfillment of a promise made to God when Anna was still childless.

Reflecting  on Mary’s presentation, we will realize how God prepared Mary to be the mother of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Early on, she was dedicated to God. From the very beginning of her life, she was already blessed by God by special grace. God bestowed upon her heavenly favors which she treasured until her return to God. This is why she has been for the disciples of Jesus, a model and a mother. Even today, she continues to inspire us to live for God and submit ourselves to His holy will.
Like Mary, let us present ourselves to God and dedicate our lives to Him. In doing so, God can also use us as His instruments of grace and mercy in this world. Like Mary, we can live holy lives and invite others to do the same.


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