Saturday, June 16, 2007

Immaculate Heart of Mary - Gospel

Gospel - Luke 2:41-51

Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,
and when he was twelve years old,
they went up according to festival custom.
After they had completed its days, as they were returning,
the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,
but his parents did not know it.
Thinking that he was in the caravan,
they journeyed for a day
and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
but not finding him,
they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting in the midst of the teachers,
listening to them and asking them questions,
and all who heard him were astounded
at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him,
they were astonished,
and his mother said to him,
“Son, why have you done this to us?
Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”
And he said to them,
“Why were you looking for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
But they did not understand what he said to them.
He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and was obedient to them;
and his mother kept all these things in her heart.


At 10:17 AM, Blogger fran said...

Clipped this from a church bulletin, and then passed it on to my children:
"Christ was the one child who knew more than His parents-
yet He obeyed them anyway.

Also, from the "Mary Day by Day" prayer book:
" May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the endurance of Christ." -2 Thes 3:5

Reflection: The love of Christ so wounded and transfixed Mary's Heart that no part of it remained untouched.
Thus she fulfilled the First Commandment in all its extension and without the slightest imperfection. -St. Bernard

Prayer. O Mary, your love for God is greater than the love of all human beings together. Teach me to love God with all my heart, all my mind, and all my soul.

At 4:57 PM, Blogger Daisy said...

Could there be a reason that Jesus did not tell His parents that He needed to spend some extra time in the temple in Jerusalem before they returned home? I would think that Jesus would tell His parents this beforehand. Could one reason be that He thought His parents would indirectly realize that He needed to be in His Father's house without His earthly parents in order for Him to do His Father's will, and that is why He let His parents leave without Him?

At 9:09 PM, Blogger fran said...

Hi Daisy,
You may find your answer in a post by Fr. Greg, almost a year ago. Go to June 2006 archives and click on the June 27th post titled "Do you Believe in the Resurrection." Somebody asked a question similar to yours.
Hope that helps!


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