Memorial of the Presentation of Mary
You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings. (Revelation 10:11)
Lord God, the Blessed Virgin Mary shares in both the messianic fulfillment of Your covenant with Israel and the Church's share in the eternal fullness of the Kingdom of God. For this reason the Second Vatican Council's Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, directs our relationship with her to the image announced by the prophets Zephaniah and Zechariah, "Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!"
Our celebration of Mary's presentation in the temple as a young girl simultaneously directs our minds and hearts to the Blessed Mother as a part of the Church so close to us, and also an eminent member whose Assumption body and soul into heaven points the way to the promise of our future when Christ comes again. May we be children of this Mother who is the Mother of our Lord, and blessed may we be, as like her, we hear the Word of God and observe it.
Mary, daughter of Zion, pray for us.