HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF MARY, TUESDAY 33RD WEEK – YEAR A
THEME OF THE HOMILY: My mother and my brothers are anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven.
By: Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
READINGS OF THE DAY
Res Psalm Luke 1:46-55
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, commemorating the moment when Mary was presented at the Temple of Jerusalem, in accordance to the rules and ways of the Law of God. Indeed, Mary has been prepared and set aside by the Lord from the very beginning, from before she was even conceived, to be the one to bring forth the salvation into the world. She was set aside, made special, and by the singular grace of God, she was spared from the corruption of original sin and all the taints and corruptions of sin henceforth, that she was truly conceived without sin.
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FROM OUR LITURGICAL READINGS
In our first reading today, we heard from the Book of the prophet Zechariah in which the prophet spoke of God’s words and reassurance for all of His people that He would send them His salvation, and everyone of them would rejoice once again because He would dwell among them once again, and that they would be saved from their predicament and troubles. The Lord would once again dwell among His people, just as He had done in the days past, when the Ark of the Covenant was in the first Temple of God built by King Solomon. Ever since the people disobeyed the Lord and abandoned Him for the pagan gods and idols, they had been cast out and punished, but the Lord never did abandon or neglect them. He still continued to send out messengers, prophets and helpers in order to help and guide them in their path towards Him.
When the Lord in our Gospel passage today was talking about those who follow the Lord, obey His will and Law are those who are His mother and family members, He was not actually disrespecting His own Mother, who was there waiting on Him and following Him. Rather, on the contrary, the Lord was actually pointing to everyone who listened to Him, to follow the examples of His own loving Mother in all the things that they say and do. Therefore, all of us should also do the same in our own lives, in doing what the Lord has told and taught us to do, in living our lives, carrying out our actions and interactions, with the Lord as the focus and emphasis in them. Let our lives be the shining beacons of God’s light and truth, His love and compassion to others, that more and more may come to know Him as His love.
Happy Feast Everyone.