Joyful Mystery: Presentation of the Lord

Bible Passage related to the Mystery: Luke 2:22-24
And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

Reflection:
The presentation of the firstborn comes from God saving Israelites’ during the first Passover. As a remembrance to offer their firstborn back to God. Catholic scholars say it was the offering of poor classes. It was for the purification that the presentation was needed. It always made me think how God through the Angel Gabriel addressed Mother Mary as “Highly favoured one” but she in her simplicity continues to show humility and total abandonment. The only son she bore she didn’t keep for herself but presented back to God. Her abandonment to God’s way in every step is what each one of us can learn.

Reflect:
Which area of my life needs to complete abandonment to Christ through Mary?
When Our Lady nudges our hearts, which sinful inclination in us is she asking us to present to the Lord for purification?
During moments of these nudges can I pray, “Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us” and Hail Mary?

Life Sharing:
Mary’s total abandonment to God’s will always nudge my motherly heart. She bore Jesus the Son of God and gave birth with no pomp and fancy around. She only said,

“Be it done to me according to your word.”

And she kept all these things pondering them in her heart.

I have 3 children and the 4th gift of God whom I am carrying. They always bring me back to being dependent on God. My intellect knows my children belong to God I am a caregiver but they belong to God as they have been given to me as gifts and back to Him they must be offered with no claim of my ownership. But most of the times I have found myself claiming my motherhood more than I have given to them. Yes, they are mine but I don’t own them. I am a steward of these little souls God has given. Answerable for each one of them for they are made for heaven and that’s where I should guide them to reach. I can become impatient with their disobedience most of the times and I learn from Mary to present them and surrender them unconditionally to her motherly care while seeking purification of my motherly spirit.

Prayer:
Mamma Mary, I bring before you my sinful inclinations which come as hindrances for God’s will to take root within me. Teach me to recognise my sinful nature and turn to Christ through you, to present it for purification. Guide me to promptly obey your gentle whispers and help me to strive to live a life that is pleasing to God. Amen

Virtue to learn from Mother Mary: Meekness

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