In his homily for the Feast of Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple, St. Gregory Palamas calls faithful Christians to desire the things of God rather than the things of this world. Every day we experience new things and these experiences change us. The things that we see, the things that we hear, the people that meet impact us. Day by day our souls are being formed.
People who are preparing to do something special must spend time forming themselves in advance. An athlete has to eat right and exercise. A doctor must spend time in study and practice before being trusted with patients. The
virgin Mary was called to give birth to the Son of God. This is why we call her “Theotokos” which means God bearer.
” Now, brethren, let us remove ourselves from earthly to celestial things. Let us change our path from the flesh to the spirit. Let us change our desire from temporal things to those that endure.” – St. Gregory Palamas
daughter to the temple at a young age so that she could be formed in the ways of holiness. Noticing the divine grace within her, the high priest placed her in the Holy of Holies where she communed with angels and fed on Heavenly food until she was made purer and more exalted than the cherubim and seraphim.
On this feast we venerate her purity and devotion to God which enabled her to offer herself as the divine dwelling place for the King of Glory. Each one of us is called to follow her example. As we offer ourselves to God in purity with faith, Christ is born anew within us, but we must prepare ourselves to receive Christ just as she did by making the Church our home and the holy Eucharist our food and to heed the words of St. Gregory and “change our desire from temporal things to those that endure.”