Friday, June 19, 2020

The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Jesus said to them,
“Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2: 49).

Saturday 20th June 2020, 11th Week in Ordinary Time is the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The Gospel for today is from Luke 2: 41 - 51. It is a revealing incident in the Infancy Narrative of the Gospel. Although Jesus was 12 years old at this point, this story is still considered part of the Infancy Narrative. The story reveals a number of of things about the Boy Jesus and His mother Mary.

#1 Jesus manifested very early that His Father's business is a top priority. Later, we will see that this business is the Kingdom of God. We know that up to His Ascension, Jesus has magnificent obsession for this intention.

#2 We see too in this Gospel story a pleasing side of Mary. She was highly perturbed like any mother who has lost a child. Mary is not a goddess. She is a human being that is full of grace.

#3 "His mother [Mary] kept all these things in her heart." (Luke 2: 51). For me, this is the lesson, the takeaway from this incident. Mary pondered what happened and grew in her knowledge that God is a Mystery and His ways are not our ways. This incident prepared Mary to embrace God’s gracious and mysterious will every moment of her life. She remembers this lesson at Calvary.

After this nice story, life continues as usual for the Holy Family of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. "He [Jesus] went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them." (Luke 2: 51).

"My heart will rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, who has been bountiful with me." (Psalm 12: 6).

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