In the Old Testament, we read how Samuel and others were dedicated to God at an early age by their parents. They were presented at the temple to live there with the priests and be educated and brought up consecrating their lives to God. According to tradition, there were lodgings in the temple where women, also, were housed while they devoted themselves to the divine service in the temple. It is our ancient Catholic tradition that our Blessed Mother, Mary, while still an infant, was also offered to God by her parents and presented at the temple. This is what we celebrate as “The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.” The Greeks refer to this festival as the entrance of the Blessed Virgin Mary into the temple.
Our Lady herself, in her first moment of reason, consecrated herself to God, as all Christians are called to do. Every baptized Christian is bound at their moment of reason to dedicate their lives to God; however, unfortunately, so few do. We live in an age of self-love instead of love of God and willingness to live for Him. We owe Him everything, yet many never think of Him, much less thank Him or give Him credit or glory for our works. However, of ourselves, we can do nothing and the good works that we do are His and not our own.
The Blessed Mother spent her youth avoiding occasions of sin, keeping herself pure and holy. She carefully watched over her soul, always in prayer to the Father to help her. By making a vow of virginity to God, she led the way for other women to follow her example of purity. She remained in the Temple and thus was separated from the world until her marriage to St. Joseph.
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Lessons from the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Our own consecration of ourselves to God should be done under our Blessed Mother’s patronage, as she set the perfect example of piety and holiness. Let us turn to her for assistance, asking her intercession that we might be pleasing to God in our efforts to live for Him.
Mother Mary, pray for us that we may overcome all the distractions and lures of the world that would turn us away from holiness. Keep us close to your Immaculate Heart, dear Mother, and protect us from the snares of the evil one who is ever trying to entrap our souls. We ask this in the name of your Holy Son, Jesus. Amen.