MEMORIAL OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Revelation 14:1-5


I John, looked, and there was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion! And with him were one hundred forty-four thousand who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder; the voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, and they sing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the one hundred forty-four thousand who have been redeemed from the earth. These follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They have been redeemed from humankind as first fruits for God and the Lamb, and in their mouth no lie was found; they are blameless.


Psalm 24:1-6


The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false, and do not swear deceitfully. They will receive blessing from the Lord, and vindication from the God of their salvation. Such is the company of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.



Luke 21:1-4


He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”

(NRSVCE) Meditation


In the gospel today, we see how much the Lord loves the little, the humble, and the poor. He praises the actions of a poor widow, a person who probably had one of the lowest places in the society, who obviously had very little to give but she still gave it. She was not comparing herself to anyone else. Not ashamed to be seen offering so little. She was doing her part and using her faith to bless others and trust in God to be blessed in return.


As we consider the Blessed Virgin Mary today, we know that she too became a widow. She was counted among the poor as we saw by her sacrifice at Jesus’ presentation in the temple. Her life was hidden until Jesus’ ministry where she suffered the grief and pains of his passion and death. Mary did not seek a high place or attempt to gain anything for herself as the mother of God. She had clean hands and a pure heart.


When the mother of James and John came to Jesus asking to sit at his right hand and left hand, Jesus told them that those places were reserved by the Father for the ones they were prepared for. Mary is the one who is seated in such a high place with honor higher than the angels. She was little, humble, poor, pure, immaculate. Her accomplishment rested in her sinlessness, her ‘yes’ to God, and her faithfulness to the mission entrusted to her. She was a servant. She raised the son of God. She was not an ambitious career woman. She was obedient to God and a great mother who supported her son. She had a very close relationship with God.


What do I need to do that might please God? Am I contributing to charitable causes? Do I use my money to glorify God? Do I trust God to provide for me as I become a blessing to others? Let us pray for the faith that keeps us ever mindful that God is with us. Let us ask to be humble servants who continue to be a blessing of all the goods we have been given.

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