Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
First Reading: Malachi 3:1-4
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 24
Second Reading: Hebrews 2:14-18
Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 or Luke 2:22-32
When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, and to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord. (Lk. 2:22-24)
Today we remember and celebrate the feast of the presentation of the our Lord. Being devote Jews, Mary and Joseph obeyed the law of the Lord and took Jesus to the temple as was necessary by the law. It is examples such as this that help us to see why Mary and Joseph were chosen to take care of the Son of God. It is because of their obedience that Mary and Joseph were chosen. They both had a heart that was set upon the will of God, and not their own interests and desires. It is because of her deeper yes to God, that Jesus was born to the virgin Mary and became man.
The Presentation of the Lord is the forth Joyful mystery of the Holy Rosary. The next time you say the rosary and reflect on this mystery, be sure to think about Mary and Joseph's obedience to God, and the importance of obedience to God. I pray that we can all follow the example of Mary and Joseph to have complete obedience to our Lord. May His will be done in our lives, now and forever. Mother Mary and Saint Joseph pray for us.
Hail Mary, full of grace the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinner now and at the hour of our death.
Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be a world without end. Amen.