"God himself, with the whole heavenly court,"says Bernardine de Bustis,
"made great rejoicings on that day beholding his spouse coming to the temple."
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary, (Tan Books: 1978), 340-1.
"Mary was not only given promptly to God, but she was also given entirely. No venial sin, no blemish of any kind, impaired the perfection of the offering. No created thing could restrain her in her zeal for God; nothing could tempt her or turn her for a moment from her Creator. On the contrary, all things around her served only as additional incentives, urging her towards that God Whom she loved so well. All her feelings and affections combined to form an example of a perfect life, given entirely to God."
At the young age of three, Our Lady went to theTemple, with her hands empty and outstretched in offering. She gave the great gift of Herself:promptly, joyfully, completely and irrevocably. God cannot be outdone in generosity. He planned to put into Her open hands of offering the gift of the Incarnate Word of God.
Today I will continue to open my hands before the crucifix and offer my heart to God in imitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but today, I will pause to receive the gift of the Lord Himself. Just as Mary received the Infant Son of God, I too will be given Jesus as my treasure.
"Many pious and learned writers, and even great theologians, believe that Mary, by a special privilege, received the perfect use of reason in the very first moment of her existence. The present feast, then, recalls to us her vow of virginity comprised in the entire offering of herself, or the solemn ratification of that consecration. Many religious communities have been led by this belief to adopt the practice of taking or renewing their vows on this day."
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received