The Presentation of the Lord
Our Lady is the first and most exalted model for every consecrated person. Dear brothers and sisters, let yourselves be guided by her. Turn to her for help with humble trust, especially in moments of trial.
by John Paul II | Source:
John Paul II
"He had to be made like his brethren in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest" (Hebrews 2: 17).
These words from the Letter to the Hebrews express well the message of today's Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. They offer us the key to its interpretation, so to speak, putting it in the perspective of the Paschal Mystery.
The event we are celebrating today takes us back to what Mary and Joseph did when, 40 days after his birth; they presented Jesus to God as their firstborn son, complying with the law of Moses.
Their offering was later to find complete and perfect fulfillment in the mystery of the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord. Only then would he fulfill his mission as the "merciful and faithful High Priest", sharing in our human destiny to the very end.
At the presentation in the temple, Mary, the faithful Virgin who takes part with him in the eternal plan of salvation, was with him as she was on Calvary.
Let us contemplate the Virgin while she offers her Son in the Temple of Jerusalem. She who unconditionally accepted God's will at the moment of the Annunciation in a certain way is repeating her words: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word" (Luke 1: 38). This attitude of docile adherence to the divine designs was to mark her entire existence.
Thus, Our Lady is the first and most exalted model for every consecrated person. Dear brothers and sisters, let yourselves be guided by her. Turn to her for help with humble trust, especially in moments of trial.
And you, Mary, watch over these children of yours, lead them to Christ, "the Glory of Israel, the Light of the peoples". Virgo Virginum, Mater Salvatoris, ora pro nobis!
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