Gift: Understanding – With the gift of understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by all the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live.
Reading: “Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever; And blessed is your holy and glorious name, praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.” (Daniel 3:52-53)
Observation: On this day we celebrate the presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which we are not reminded of necessarily by the readings that we hear at Mass, because there is nothing written in scripture about it. However, when I think of the Mother of our Lord’s parents presenting their child in the temple, I can’t help but hear the words from our response in the Responsorial Psalm for today’s Mass readings. Of course the words of the 3rd chapter of Daniel that I copied above even more clearly spell out the sentiment that must have been felt that day that the Virgin Mary’s parents presented their Immaculate Child in the temple. As I think of the Presentation of Our Lord that the Virgin Mary would later encounter, I can’t help think of the contrast of Joachim and Anna and Joseph and Mary, because of the priest’s revelation to the parent’s of Jesus was probably not told to the parent’s of Mary, and it must have been simply a joyous and wonderful event at her presentation vs. the reality of what the future would bring to Mary being revealed at Jesus’ presentation.
Personification: Joy After leaving the house for Mass this morning, I was left with a feeling of joy that I hope I will be able to continue to display throughout this day and for the rest of my life. It is a harsh world that has been revealed to us today, but we have been told that it will not always be that way, and our hope is in the Lord. Not only his return to glory in the end, but his return to glory through his faithful disciples that carry him to our suffering world.
Prayer: Lord, help me to bring joy to the world through the resurrection of your Son and the grace that comes from your holy Spirit. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.
- Mary TV Daily Reflection 11/21/2011 (deaconjohnspace.wordpress.com)