How Can You Believe in Things Like the Presentation of Mary????
These are the days that are difficult to explain to those who grew up with sola scriptura. Only the Bible. If it’s not in the Bible, it just isn’t so. It is, actually, false.
Which is a belief that even the Bible doesn’t teach. The Bible does not teach sola scriptura. If you don’t believe me, do the research.
In fact, it is much easier for those who had no faith formation at all to accept when they encounter Marian teaching. They have a tabla rasa. A clean slate. An absence of preconceived ideas about Mary.
So here we are. The Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
They went up to the Temple and presented Mary to the LORD.
Here she is. She came from You. She is Yours. Do with her as You will.
According to tradition, she even worked as a holy virgin at the Temple.
A Jewish friend of mine once said she didn’t think that happened, holy virgins consecrated to God, working at the Temple. So she did some research. And, actually, it did.
The girl who would become the Ark of a New Covenant served on the Temple Mount.
The girl who would become a Temple of the Lord Most High from the moment of the Annunciation — she was dedicated at the Temple and served at the Temple.
Don’t you think that made God smile?
If you permit yourself to imagine it, something that is not contrary to what you read in the New Testament and is, in fact, consistent with Old Covenant practices – though rare…
doesn’t it make you nod your head and also say, I can see it.
I can imagine it happening.
I can’t, in fact, imagine it not happening.
Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD? or who may stand in his holy place? He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean, who desires not what is vain. He shall receive a blessing from the LORD, a reward from God his savior. Such is the race that seeks for him, that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.
Today’s Responsorial Psalm.
Who is Mary? ^^^ You have the answer right there.
Henceforth, all generations shall call her blessed.
And the Mighty One has done great things for her.
We join Mary’s parents in saying, here she is, LORD. May we present ourselves with her and also say, we are Yours. Do with us as You will.