I exult for joy in the Lord, my soul rejoices in my God, for he has clothed me in the garments of salvation like a bride adorned in her jewels.
Responsory, Office of Readings, Nov. 21.
Today, the Church celebrates the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Today, we remember as St John Damascene says that truly Mary becomes the Lady above all creation in her role as the Mother of the Creator. Born in Joachim’s house near the Probatica, she was presented in the Temple. Thereupon “planted in the house of God” and nurtured by the Holy Spirit, like a fruitful olive tree she flowered forth in all virtues.
In today’s Office of Readings, we read from a sermon by St Augustine, By faith she believed; by faith, conceived, where St Augustine says that
Indeed the blessed Mary certainly did the Father’s will, and so it was for her a greater thing to have been Christ’s disciple than to have been his mother, and she was more blessed in her discipleship than in her motherhood. Hers was the happiness of first bearing in her womb him whom she would obey as her master.
Whilst many of us have devotions to many saints, and especially to Our Lady, we ought to be obeying Christ as they did. For it is by following Him, and following His commandments that we will find true life and true happiness. Each of the many saints that we know and love are most happy when we find through them something of the love of Christ.
I pray that, today, through the intercession of blessed Mary, we will all find ourselves worthy to be presented in the temple of glory. (cf Collect from Roman Missal 1962).