The presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Theme: The generous widow

Today the church celebrates the memorial of the presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a memorial that reminds us of how the parents of Mary took her to the Temple according to their custom. In the gospel reading of today, we hear the story of the widow who gave everything she had. Interestingly, Jesus noticed it and talked about it to his audience. She was not the richest in the group, but she was the most generous in the group. Others gave out of the abundance they had, while she gave everything she had.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, today’s gospel is simply encouraging us to emulate the widow in the practice of charity. We don’t have to be very rich before we share with others who do not have; it is rather that we share the little we have with others. One thing we must know is the fact that nobody becomes poor because he or she is generous. The saying that givers never lack, is very true. When we are generous, we attract the blessings of God towards ourselves. There is greater joy in giving than in receiving.

The gospel reading of today is timely, taking into consideration the fact that things are becoming difficult in our world and Christmas is around the corner; make this year’s Christmas a memorable one for somebody. Just be charitable towards somebody within your means. I am sure God will appreciate it and bless you for it. This is a wonderful time to also visit orphanages and the less privileged around you. A cup of water will make a difference in the life of someone who is in need of it.

In the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary whose memorial we celebrate today, we see absolute self giving; she willingly gave everything by saying yes to the message of the angel. We are all encouraged today to emulate her and the widow in today’s gospel and God will richly bless you. As you do this, may almighty God bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Homily for the presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp