Just one day after the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Church celebrates the love and devotion to Him modeled by His mother (and ours). Today is the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
From the reading of today’s Gospel (Lk 2:41-51) for the Memorial Mass:
And his parents went every year to Jerusalem, at the solemn day of the pasch. And when he was twelve years old, they going up into Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast, and having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and his parents knew it not. And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day’s journey, and sought him among their kinsfolks and acquaintance. And not finding him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking him.
And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his wisdom and his answers. And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? Behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said to them: How is it that you sought me? Did you not know, that I must be about my father’s business? And they understood not the word that he spoke unto them.
And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men.
I’m embarassed to say that I will not be doing a more informational post about this memorial; but, I’ve badly mismanaged my time, and I’m pressed for time.
Let me just give a small reflection on these words: Jesus spoke a word to Mary (and St. Joseph) that “they understood not”. However, rather than throw up her hands and say, “This doesn’t make any sense to me. I guess I’ll never know what he means, so I’ll just live how I want”; rather than do that, Mary “kept these words in her heart.”
May we follow the model of the Blessed Virgin. In this world today, when it can be confusing to even hear the Word of God, let alone understand it, may we nevertheless continue to ponder it in our Hearts, waiting for the Holy Spirit to inspire us to wisdom and understanding.
Instead, I’ll just provide some solid links for reading more about this memorial:
- An article on the Devotion to the Immaculate Heart from the Catholic Encyclopedia (my first source for information)
- A Wikipedia article (always useful)