The Gospel Today
Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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.
Reflection (Sem. Primitivo Eublera, Jr.):
Today we celebrate the memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Yesterday was the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. What touches me most in today’s Gospel reading is the Blessed Mother’s act of “pondering everything in her heart”.
The Gospel story relates that when the Child Jesus was with His parents in the temple in Jerusalem in order to observe the annual customary rule during the Passover. On their way back, Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. This worried a lot the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph. They went back to the temple and found Jesus in the temple arguing with the Doctors of the Law who were amazed with His thoughts. The parents told the young boy of twelve how worried they were of which Jesus replied if they did not know that He (Jesus) must be with his Father’s house.
The Blessed Mother could not contain what She heard and just simply pondered everything in her heart. In my reflection on this, it reminds me on how really the Blessed Mother’s heart is so intertwined with her Son’s. St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort said that one could still separate the burning charcoal from the fire itself, but not the Mother against her Son. This is the mystery between Jesus and Mary. St. Louis further said that the more our devotion to the Blessed Mother grows, the more our devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ would grow. If the devotion to our Lady would stop only in Her, then it must be a false devotion, the saint said. And the two (Jesus and Mary) could never be separated nor compete with each other. We believers, would have this tendency to have them compete with each other but not themselves. The earthly mother could possibly compete with her son but not our Lady and our Lord. Everything that happens to Jesus and even the things that would suppose to happen to Him, the Blessed Mother knows in advance, according to some spiritual writers.
So, in this feast day of Mama Mary, let us continuously ask her intercession to have the heart like hers, possessing always a “pondering” heart so that everything that we do, would always lead us to perfection in Jesus name. Amen.