This is the memorial of Mary, taken as a child to the temple to be offered to God. It is known as the Presentation of Mary. This is different than the 4th mystery of the joyful mysteries of the Rosary. There it is Mary and Joseph taking Jesus to the temple for the Presentation. Today Ann and Joachim, Mary’s parents are taking Mary to the temple. No matter what Presentation we are talking about, it reminds me that this a time of celebration for families. Just like we are celebrating this weekend, this week, or next weekend.
This is one of those times of year where we have been given a great gift. And many of us probably never even acknowledged the gift until this year when we are missing it. The gift is the time you get to spend with family. It really is a special gift. We are a people who love to be with others. It is fun to travel to grandpa and grandmas for this special event. To spend time with your sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles. You have the in-laws and the out-laws. We get to catch up on what is happening in our relative’s lives. Who is doing what in school or band or sports or plays. It is our life.
Yet some people dread this time of year because you-know-who is going to be there. And they are going to want to talk about _____ (multiple choice: a. religion b. politics c. your weight d. all of the above). There is a way to control this. First step is to realize you-know-who knows what buttons to push to get you started. Second step is not to engage. Realize you do not have to participate in their bitter babble. Whatever they say you respond, “OK. Thank you. I am glad you are here but now I am going to join the others ____ (multiple choice: a. watching the football game b. playing Monopoly c. sharing the happy moments of other people’s lives or d. all of the above). If you-know-who continues, suggest he stay right where he is, and you will listen to him from the other room. And know in your heart that today is a gift and you are going to celebrate this day with the family. Remember to give thanks to God for this great gift.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
SAFE – STAY HOME
Prepare traditional dishes with those in your household
Host a virtual dinner and share recipes with family and friends
Put up your favorite decorations and share photos online
Watch parades, sporting events, and movies at home
Shop online instead of in stores
LESS SAFE – UNSAFE
IF YOU GATHER, BE WISE
Keep gatherings small, short, and local
Ensure proper ventilation if indoors
Wear masks and stay at least 6 feet away from people you don’t live with
Wash or sanitize your hands regularly, especially before eating
Don’t share food or other items
Quarantine for 14 days before and after your gathering
Potlucks, buffets, or other shared food
Places with crowds, such as stores, parades, running events, and sports
Contact with anyone who is sick or may have been exposed to COVID-19
CELEBRATE SAFELY DURING THE HOLIDAYS