Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
“Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! I am coming to dwell among you, says the Lord. They shall be your people and I shall dwell among you.” These words of the prophet Zechariah invite us to rejoice because God will visit his people in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, born of the Virgin Mary. The feast of the Presentation is not mentioned in the gospels that we know, but there is a tradition stemming from the apocryphal that Mary came to the Temple in Jerusalem at a tender age and joined other children in prayer and service.
We readily see in Mary the mother of the church as well as the gift of self that inspired St. Peter Julian Eymard to see Jesus giving himself for our salvation (Phil 2: 5-11). Mary gave herself to the Lord and his plan of salvation.
To be a Christian is to live in Christ. Mary can show us the way. She was the handmaid of the Lord and the spouse of the Holy Spirit. This feast, especially in the eucharistic celebration and adoration, can help us to understand this central facet of Eymardian spirituality and its Marian characteristics.
What of yourself might you give to the Lord today?
Let Us Pray:
Father, whoever does your will is the brother, sister, and mother of Jesus. May we learn from Jesus and Mary to give ourselves for the coming of your kingdom and the fulfilling of your will.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)