Posted by: livingscripture | June 16, 2012

Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

From the Word of the Day 

“His Mother kept all these things in her heart.”

                                                         (Luke 1: 51)                                             

                                                                                                                                 

How should we live this Word

After the feast of the Sacred Heart, we celebrate the Immaculate Heart of Mary!  When Jesus’ parents presented Him in the Temple, Simeon blessed Mary and prophesied, ‘A sword will pierce your heat too.’  (Luke 2: 34)  From the moment of the Incarnation, Mary is closely linked to Her Son’s mission.  She not only had to suffer for and with Him, but she had to endure the fatiguing journey of faith.  This is why she is called ‘blessed’.  Today’s Gospel episode is a good example.  After three anxious days, Mary and Joseph find Jesus in the Temple discussing with the Doctors of the Law.  They do not understand His explanation.  Perhaps in that moment, Mary begins to intuit that Her Son does not belong only to Her and Joseph.  He is growing and the words of the Angel Gabriel will come to pass.  ‘He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give Him the throne of David his father…and His kingdom will have no end.’  (Luke 1: 32) 

Maybe Mary is also thinking of her cousin Elizabeth’s words, ‘Blessed is she who believed that the words of the Lord would be fulfilled.’  (Luke 1: 45)  Mary pondered all in her heart, reflecting on the Lord’s words that would be understood later.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will thank Mary for Her ‘yes’, for Her faith, for the fatigue and suffering in Her life that make Her feel close to me. 

Oh Mary, Help of Christians, intercede for me with Your Son so that I may grow in a faith that is strong and patient like Yours.

The voice of Pope Benedict XVI 

We always have something to learn from our heavenly Mother.  Her faith invites us to look beyond appearances and firmly believe that daily difficulties prepare a springtime that is already begun in the Risen Christ.  Tonight, we want to draw on Mary’s Immaculate Heart with renewed trust, letting ourselves catch Her joy that finds its deepest source in the Lord.


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