From the Word of the Day
When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them. Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. (Luke 2: 48-51)
Yesterday we paused on the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Today’s Liturgy leads us to discover another heart, that of Mary. Luke is the most attentive in describing the Mother of the Savior and today he presents us with the Gospel of finding Jesus in the Temple. We see Mary learning to follow her Son as a believing disciple more than as a mother. She learns to seek Jesus, not in the flesh among relatives and friends, but in the Spirit where He is truly to be found, with the Father. Jesus’ response is both difficult and sublime. In Mary, Nazareth is a fundamental time of intense faith and also a time of silence and discernment in the Spirit. Mary grows in faith and in memory and thus becomes the prototype of the Church that believes and grows in the Spirit.
The most beautiful praise we give is Mary’s educative capacity to help Jesus to grow as a man in a family, which is the home and school of life, of love, of humanization. He, in turn, as a sublime educator and pedagogue, teaches Mary the absolute primacy of God over every human attempt to interfere in His plans. In her reflections, Mary’s faith becomes robust. “Mary treasured all these things in her heart”. Luke is the only evangelist who makes us enter softly into the most intimate secret of Mary’s heart.
O God, who prepared a worthy dwelling of the Holy Spirit in the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, through her intercession grant that I too may be a living temple of Your glory.
The Voice of Nicola Cabasilas, Archbishop of Salonicco, Eastern Church
If anyone could see the Church of Christ as it really is united with Christ and participate in its flesh, they would see it as the body of the Lord alone. But if they would look at the most pure and blessed Virgin Mary, they would see as the heart of Christ. She is the center of earthly life; the point of encounter between heaven and earth, the privileged one, the heavenly Queen, and even more, the earth’s queen.