Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (21st November, 2019) on the Gospel and the Memorial
Ps 49:1-2.5-6.14-15. (R.v.23);
Mary’s presentation was celebrated in Jerusalem in the sixth century. The Eastern Church was more interested in the feast, but it does appear in the West in the 11th century. Although the feast for some time disappeared from the calendar, in the 16th century it became a feast of the universal Church. As with Mary’s birth, we read of Mary’s presentation in the temple only in apocryphal literature. What is recognized as an unhistorical account, the Protoevangelium of James tells us that Anna and Joachim offered Mary to God in the Temple when she was 3 years old. This was to carry out a promise made to God when Anna was still childless.
Topic: Recognising the time.
Jesus wept over Jerusalem in today’s gospel because she failed to recognise the things that make for peace. He prophesied that the days would come when her enemies would set up ramparts around her, surround her, hem her in on every side, and crushed her and her children to the ground. They would not leave within her a stone upon another. All because she did not recognise the time of her visitation from God.
Equally, many till today often do not recognise the time of their visitation from God. They spend time searching for it, keep procrastinating the time they will do this good or that.
In the second letter of Saint Paul to Corinthians we read, “Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2Cor 6:2). And whoever wants to be acceptable to God must serve Christ, cf. Rom 14:18.
The memorial of the presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary ought to reawaken in us the necessity to offer ourselves entirely to God. Our lives ought to be in line with Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans, “If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s” (Rom 14:8).
Dear friends, why delay? We ought to make hay while the sun shines. Procrastination is very deadly. Tomorrow may be too late.
Bible Reading: 2Cor 6:14–7:1.
Thought for today: Now is the favourable time.
Let us pray: Lord, give us the grace to make the best out of every moment we have – Amen.
Blessed Virgin Mary – Pray for us.
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