READINGS for 2007-06-16
Solemnity of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
A MOTHER’S LOVE
When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. – Luke 2:45
Isaiah 61:9-11 or 2 Corinthians 5:14-21
P S A L M
G O S P E L
Luke 2:41-51 or Matthew 5:33-37
Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________
READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Proverbs 17-20
OUT OF SIGHT NOT OUT OF HEARTTo 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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