Posted by: livingscripture | June 13, 2015

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

From the Word of the Day

“His mother kept all these things in her heart.”         (Luke 2: 9-51)

How should we live this Wordcouv_us[1]

 After yesterday’s feast of the Sacred Heart, today we celebrate the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  The heart, in a biblical sense, means the center of the person, above all, at the spiritual level.  From the heart arise thoughts, affections, desires, and aspirations.  If the heart is pure, as was Mary’s, all becomes splendid and marvelous.  Let us reflect on the Gospel word ‘pondered’.  This means to hold in high esteem and to give utmost attention so that nothing will be lost, wasted, or ignored.  It is like a precious treasure to be guarded with the greatest care.

Mary has become the living, excellent memory of Jesus, living with Him at Nazareth, and then being present during His public life, and especially accompanying Him in the last moments of His existence, standing at the foot of the Cross.  She understood the mystery of love that dwelled in Jesus.

Luke’s passage narrates a time of Mary’s suffering when having gone to Jerusalem with Jesus and Joseph, she loses her twelve year old son and finds him again after three days of anxious searching.  He tells her he must be about his Father’s business.  She intuits that the Son does not belong to her alone.  Although she loves Him tenderly, she does not consider Him her exclusive possession.  She does not force Him or hold Him back for herself.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Mary to help me learn how to love without taking away freedom but to trust totally in God.

Mary, help me to follow your example by pondering the word of Your Son in my heart and living it intensely.

 The Voice of Pope Francis – Homily June 8, 2013

What does ‘ponder the Word of God’ mean?  I receive the Word and then I take a bottle, put the Word in it, and guard it?  No! Pondering the Word of God means that our heart opens and is opened to that Word like the earth opens to receive the seed.  The Word of God is a seed and must be sown.  To ponder the Word means to always meditate on what this Word says to us in what happens in our life.

 

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