of Our Lady in the Temple
This feast to Our Lady began in the East and from there we received the feast of the Presentation of Our Lady, where it was celebrated from the end of the seventh century. In the West, Pope Gregory XI adopted the feast day in 1372 at the pontifical court of Avignon.
A year later, King Charles V introduced the feast of the Presentation at the royal Chapel in Paris. In a letter dated November 10, 1374 to the masters and students of the College of Navarre, he expressed his desire that such a feast should be celebrated throughout the kingdom.
The feast reminds us of the special care and preparation that God had in mind for Mary. She was to be the mother of Jesus and every propriety had to be followed. Jesus was to be the fulfillment of the Law and his mother would have had to do all that the Law requested, just as Jesus said of himself.
The feast also celebrates the special grace that Mary was given in order to fulfill her mission. And it reminds us that we shall also be given the grace and aid to fulfill whatever God has in mind for us.
A comforting thought that God is there caring for us and that we shall have all we need to do whatever is the right thing. But that does not include those selfish things that we want to do for ourselves.
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