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Today's Gospel: Luke 21:1-4
The Blessed Virgin Mary was consecrated to God at the temple in Jerusalem by her parents Joachim and Anne when she was three years old. Joachim and Anne were older and not able to have a child. They received a heavenly message that they would have a child. They were so grateful for the gift of their daughter that they essentially gave their child to God. It was at the temple that she received an education in preparation for the role she would one day have, being the mother of Jesus, the Savior of us all. It is at the temple where Mary would be inspired by the Holy Spirit to one day accept the role of the mother of God. Her response when asked was "Let it be done to me" as a great act of faith. The church declared Mary to be the Mother of the Church for this gift to the world.
Mary placed her whole being at the service of God. When we are baptized, God invites us to open ourselves to His grace and dedicate our lives to Him as Mary did. However difficult, can we dedicate our lives to God like Mary did?
Please, God, give us the grace to accept the gifts of the Holy Spirit like Mary did with so much faith and love. We promise to make a daily effort to show love to others as Jesus did.
Copyright 2022 Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh
About the Author
Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh (Cathy) completed her education in Special Education and English and now works as an Agent in the Insurance Industry. A mother and Grandmother, Cathy grew up in a large Catholic family and has spent the last 30 years as a caregiver for her husband, Jack. She is a cancer survivor, which inspired her to begin writing.