First Reading: Zechariah 2:14-17
Reading of Zechariah's prophecy – 14 “Rejoice, be glad, city of Zion, behold, I come to dwell among you, says the Lord. 15Many nations will come to the Lord in that day and will be his people. I will dwell among you, and you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. 16The Lord will enter into possession of Judah as his portion of the holy land, and will choose Jerusalem again. 17Let every mortal be silent before the Lord, he has just arisen from his holy dwelling.” - Word of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm: Luke 1
The Mighty One has done wonders for me, / and holy is his name.
1. My soul magnifies the Lord, / and my spirit rejoices in God, my savior. – R.
2. For he saw the littleness of his servant, / from now on generations will call me blessed. / The Mighty One has done wonders for me, / and holy is his name! – R.
3. his love, from generation to generation, / reaches all who respect him. / He demonstrated the power of his arm, / he scattered the proud. – R.
4. he brought down the mighty from their thrones / and exalted the humble. / He filled the hungry with goods / and sent the rich away with nothing. – R.
5. he welcomed Israel, his servant, / faithful to his love, / as he had promised our fathers / in favor of Abraham and his children forever. – R.
Gospel: Matthew 12,46-50
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.
Happy are those who hear and observe the Word of God! (Lc 11,28) – R.
Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Matthew – At that time, 46while Jesus was speaking to the crowds, his mother and brothers stood outside, trying to speak to him. 47Someone said to Jesus, “Look! Your mother and brothers are outside and want to talk to you.” 48Jesus asked the one who had spoken, “Who is my mother and who are my brothers?” 49And stretching out his hand to his disciples, Jesus said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50For whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven is my brother, my sister and my mother.” – Word of salvation.
The Gospels say nothing about Mary's childhood. However, in the light of what we know, we intuit that the childhood and adolescence of the Mother of God were completely marked by the grace of God. Even without taking into account the edifying stories of the apocryphal Gospels, we can glimpse a clear message that emerges from the feast of the Presentation of Our Lady: Mary's heart was always focused on God's will. The emergence of this festival took place in the East, in the 6th century. It was only in the 14th century that Rome introduced it into its liturgical calendar. Despite the uncertainties, due to the lack of biblical and historical foundations, the celebration was maintained in the current Roman Calendar, not as a festival, but as a “memory”.
Primeira Leitura: Zacarias 2,14-17