Among those new words thee is also a word which has made a big come back to the language of the Mass: oblation. It is easy to detect that as Oblate of Mary Immaculate I am a great enthusiast of the word oblation. In my religious institute it has been always used to describe the vows which we take. It can be explained as a gift or offering but oblation gives it a more profound meaning as it highlights that it is total without keeping anything to myself. It is well expressed in the Third Eucharistic Prayer:
Look, we pray, upon the oblation of your Church, and, recognizing the sacrificial Victim by whose death you willed to reconcile us to yourself, grant that we, who are nourished by the Body and Blood of your Son, and filled with his Holy Spirit, may become one body, one spirit in Christ.
This week there is a day (November 21) dedicated to our Blessed Mother. The day is called the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Although we don’t have this event recorded in the Bible but Church under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit has given us this celebration which reveals how closely Mary was united with the plans of God. This week feast day recalls the day when Mary as a child was presented in the Jerusalem Temple by her parents. In this act she was given to God. Her presentation or oblation in the Temple signifies her total commitment to the will of God to be fulfilled in her. Mary didn’t give to God some left overs but she gave her whole life. In her we discover that what is given to God as an oblation is the source of joy and the happiness of the giver, whom we can describe as an OBLATE. Now I don’t simply mean a member of our Oblate Congregation but every Christian who doesn’t keep for God some left offers of his or her life but they present to God their whole life.