The Lady Chapel III - Presentation at
the Temple

Jesus was brought by Joseph and Mary to be circumcised at the Temple in accordance with the Laws of Moses. As the couple marveled at all that holy Simeon said of Jesus this same Simeon forewarned Mary of the heart break yet to come.

Behold,
this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel,
and for a sign which shall be spoken against:
yea,
a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,
that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

Our Lord God, at the dawn of time You forewarned the fallen Lucifer that the Seed of the Woman would crush his head -- alleluia! And now old Simeon beholds the Woman and the Seed who is Jesus. Alleluia! He hath vanquished the devil, death, and the grave. Alleluia!
Amen.

And St. Mary marveled at the shepherds and wise men who worshipped her Son and at Simeon and Anna in the Temple as they identified Him as the Messiah. Again, with Joseph, she would marvel at her Son's answer to her mother's concern:

What?
Did you not understand that I must be about
My Father's business.

And all these things she would ponder in her heart for a lifetime. But never was her marveling other than a grace-filled heart that deep down believed that which she could never express or even understand any more than we can express or comprehend the compassion of God come down from Heaven to save us sinners.

When, at the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee she said to the wine stewards:

Do whatever He tells you!

Hers was the creed of a true believer in Christ. She was the first of believers among us, fallen children of Adam.

Is this why, at the cross, He honors her with the ancient prophecy title of Woman [the seed of the Woman] and in that honoring seems to have called her to be not only young St. John's mother (for his mother was still alive) but the mother of all Christians? I believe this is the case. And of all the disciples at Pentecost she is the only woman named by name: "Mary the mother of Jesus". Naming by name is a literary device of scriptural writing indicating a certain due reverence as was the case as well when Jesus said: "Tell Peter and the other disciples that I go ahead into Galilee!" Here he was honoring Peter as first among the disciples.

Oh Lord our Lord: St. Mary pondered so much of the eternal and heavenly in her heart, for in that heart she pondered Jesus! Help us to do the same, please, dearest Lord. Amen.

And St. John the Revelator would write these words of his vision upon Patmos:

a woman clothed with the sun

Revelation 12: 1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. 3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

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