READINGS for 2007-06-16

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Heart of Mary


When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. – Luke 2:45

Flora has not spoken to her son Andy for more than 10 years. For her, it was a matter of selfpreservation.
      Every time Andy shouted at her, or shunned her attention, or rejected something she offered, she built up the wall around her heart to protect herself against the hurt. In time, the wall became impenetrable, and although they lived in the same house, they barely even looked at one another.
      That is, until the day she received a call from the hospital saying that Andy was involved in a serious accident. Steeling herself against further rejection, she went inside his hospital room to find that he already had several visitors. When Andy saw her, he said to the others, “This is my mother,” and that was all it took to melt her hardened heart.
       I realize that it’s not just Flora, but all of us who, in one way or another, choose to remember past hurts, false first impressions, malicious gossips, and various negative traits of others. May we learn to have a heart like Mary’s, treasuring memories that build up, rather than tear down, our relationships. Cecille L.

Are the treasures you keep in your heart making you rich, or are they weighing you down?

Mama Mary, teach us how to have a heart full of love for your Son and for each other.



Isaiah 61:9-11 or 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

It is not for us to question God’s Will. He has the power to do whatever it is that He wants to do. However, He gives us the option to cooperate with His Will. He allows us to determine, at least initially, whether or not we will cooperate with His Will. If we decide not to, He has to look elsewhere. In Mary, whose Immaculate Heart we celebrate today, God found a woman whose heart and mind were one with His and obedient to Him in all things.
9 Their descendants shall be renowned among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge them as a race the LORD has blessed. 10 I rejoice heartily in the LORD, in my God is the joy of my soul; for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation, and wrapped me in a mantle of justice, like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem, like a bride bedecked with her jewels. 11 As the earth brings forth its plants, and a garden makes its growth spring up, so will the LORD GOD make justice and praise spring up before all the nations.

P S A L M 

1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8 or Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12

R: My heart exults in the Lord, my savior.

1 My heart exults in the LORD, my horn is exalted in my God. I have swallowed up my enemies; I rejoice in my victory. (R) 4 The bows of the mighty are broken, while the tottering gird on strength. 5 The well-fed hire themselves out for bread, while the hungry batten on spoil. The barren wife bears seven sons, while the mother of many languishes. (R) 6 The LORD puts to death and gives life; he casts down to the nether world; he raises up again. 7 The LORD makes poor and makes rich, he humbles, he also exalts. (R) 8 He raises the needy from the dust; from the ash heap he lifts up the poor, To seat them with nobles and make a glorious throne their heritage. (R)


Luke 2:41-51 or Matthew 5:33-37

One of the biblical images of the heart is that it is the place where we store the good things of our lives. The problem is that we can also allow regrets and resentments and hurts to dwell there as well. The choice is ours! Let us pray for the grace to be able to let go of all the things that hurt us and allow those that will help us to grow in love to abide and remain as the formative aspects of our hearts’ desires.

41 Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, 42 and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. 43 After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. 44 Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, 45 but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, 47 and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” 49 And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he said to them. 51 He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.

my reflections
In Mary, whose Immaculate Heart we celebrate today, God found a woman whose heart and mind were one with His and obedient to Him in all things.


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Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________





To think that the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph lost the Child Jesus sounds almost like a sin!
      But the parents of Jesus lost Him because He decided to be left behind in the temple. The loss of Jesus was not the fault of either Mary or Joseph.
      Neither was it the fault of Jesus. It was the consequence of Jesus’ mission to be busy in His Father’s “business”. In Jesus’ fulfilling the will of His Father in heaven, His parents here on earth had to endure many trials. The Gospel today tells us only one of the many. By enduring the difficult consequences of their Son’s obeying the will of God, Mary and Joseph shared in Jesus’ mission. The Father allowed Mary and Joseph to lose Jesus so that Jesus might find the lost.
      In doing the mission that God has given each of us, there comes a time when the people closest to us, our loved ones and friends, are called upon to suffer. By their suffering, they come to share in our mission.
      The Blessed Mother played this role in the life and mission of her Son, Jesus Christ. She was a sharer in His sufferings and many times had to suffer on account of His mission to redeem humankind from sin and death. She was able to participate in the mission of the Lord because she kept her heart free for Him. Her Son did not only belong to her; she belonged to Him.
      As we celebrate the memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, let us remember
three ‘Ms’ to keep our hearts like that of Mary:
      M – Meekness. Let us strive to be humble always, bowing low before the will of God even if it entails sufferings in this life.
      M – Modesty. Let us struggle to be pure in every way, mindful that our hearts belong to Jesus, only Jesus, always Jesus.
      M – Magnanimity. Let us learn to be generous, noble, upright, and loving in all things, doing everything as an act of love for God.
      Mary, together with Joseph, once lost the Child Jesus but found Him again in the Temple because He never left her heart. For three days, Jesus was out of her sight, but not out of her heart. Fr. Bobby T.

REFLECTION QUESTION: In what way can I share in the mission of others for God by my sacrifices?

Mary Immaculate, I consecrate my heart to you. I wish to be yours in life and in death. You are my life, my sweetness, and my hope. Take me into your loving care and mold me into the image and likeness of your Son. May I love Jesus with your heart and love you with the heart of Jesus. Amen.

St. John Francis Regis, confessor, pray for us.

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