Friday, November 21, 2008

Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin

Today is the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. According to tradition, Mary's parents presented her at the Temple to be consecrated to God as a virgin. She then lived at the Temple until the time of her betrothal to Joseph, who promised to honor her commitment to virginity. This event is not recorded in the four canonical gospels but is found in apocryphal texts. While the Presentation itself may not be authentic historically, its celebration, which dates back to the early centuries of the Church, reminds us of Mary's special place of honor in God's plan for our Redemption. She was called from the moment of her conception to be the Mother of God, and today's feast is one way the Church reminds us of this important role she fulfilled. It also reminds us that we too are called to commit ourselves to doing God's work in whatever capacity that might be. We too are called to present ourselves to God as his loyal servants.

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