"To everyone who has, more will be given." Lk 19:26
The Feast of the Presentation of Mary is much more central to the spirituality of the Eastern church than the West. Considered one of the East's twelve most important celebrations, Mary's presentation in the temple is found in the non canonical infancy narrative of James. Given to God at three, Mary would remain in the temple readying herself for the time when she would become the Theotokos, the Mother of God.
Discerning and defining Mary's role in the history of salvation has always been important to Christians. Mother of Jesus, Mother of God and Mother of the church are all titles of Mary that evoke hope in people's hearts, but it is Mary's Presentation that reminds us of God's cares for us even before we imagine it. While most of us come to God when we are ready, God seeks us out long before we are aware of his love.
Today pray for someone not expecting it.
What is your favorite title or feast for Mary