Nov. 21, 2017 (Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple does not appear in Sacred Scripture but in one of the Apocryphal writings: the Protoevangelium of James, an attempt to fill in blanks in the gospel story. The Eastern Church had this feast on their calendar very early on. What the story is supposed to tell us is that Mary was dedicated to God from very early on in her life. We, too, are dedicated to God early on in our lives too. Like Mary, we need to “hear God’s word and keep.” As St. Augustine says in the Office of Readings in the Liturgy of the Hours, Mary was the first disciple of Christ, her Son.

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