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Saturday, June 28th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 2:41-51.


The memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

28 JUNE 2014

After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting in the midst of the teachers,
listening to them and asking them questions.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint 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.

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The memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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The Immaculate Heart of Mary is a devotional name used to refer to the interior life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, her joys and sorrows, her virtues and hidden perfections, and, above all, her virginal love for God the Father, her maternal love for her son Jesus, and her compassionate love for all persons.[1] The consideration of Mary’s interior life and the beauties of her soul, without any thought of her physical heart, does not constitute the traditional devotion; still less does it consist in the consideration of the heart of Mary merely as a part of her virginal body. In 1855 the Mass of the Most Pure Heart formally became a part of Catholic practice.

Eastern Catholic Churches occasionally utilize the image, devotion, and theology associated with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. However, this is a cause of some controversy, some seeing it as a form of liturgical latinisation. The Roman Catholic view is based on Mariology, as exemplified by Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae.[2]

Traditionally, the heart is depicted pierced with seven wounds or swords, in homage to the seven dolors of Mary. Also, roses or another type of flower may be wrapped around the heart.

Veneration of the Heart of Mary is analogous to worship of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is, however, necessary to indicate a few differences in this analogy, the better to explain the character of Roman Catholic devotion to the Heart of Mary. The Devotion to the Heart of Jesus is especially directed to the “Divine Heart” as overflowing with love for humanity. In the devotion to the Mary, on the other hand, the attraction is the love of her Heart for Jesus and for God.[1]

A second difference is the nature of the devotion itself. In devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Roman Catholic venerates in a sense of love responding to love. In devotion to the Heart of Mary, study and imitation hold as important a place as love. Love is more the result than the object of the devotion, the object being rather to love God and Jesus better by uniting one’s self to Mary for this purpose and by imitating her virtues.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Commentary of the day

Benedict XVI, pope from 2005 to 2013
Speech for 30/05/2009
(trans. © copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

“His mother kept all these things in her heart”

In the New Testament we see that Mary’s faith, so to speak, “attracts” the gift of the Holy Spirit. First of all in the conception of the Son of God, a mystery that the Archangel Gabriel himself explains in this way: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you” (Lk 1:35)… Mary’s heart, in perfect unison with the divine Son, is a temple of the Spirit of truth in which every word and every event are preserved in faith, hope and charity (cf. Lk 2:19, 51).

We may therefore be certain that the most Sacred Heart of Jesus, in the whole of his hidden life in Nazareth always found in his Mother’s Immaculate Heart, a “hearth” ever alight with prayer and with constant attention to the voice of the Spirit. The events at the Wedding at Cana (Jn 2,1f.) are an attestation of this unique harmony between the Mother and the Son in seeking God’s will. In a situation laden with symbols of the Covenant, such as the wedding feast, the Virgin Mother intercedes and provokes, so to speak, a sign of superabundant grace: the “good wine” that refers to the mystery of Christ’s Blood. This leads us directly to Calvary, where Mary stands beneath the Cross together with the other women and with the Apostle John. The Mother and the disciple receive spiritually the testament of Jesus: his last words and his last breath, in which he begins to pour out the Spirit; and they receive the silent cry of his Blood, poured out entirely for us (cf. Jn 19:25-34). Mary knew where that Blood came from: it had been formed within her by the power of the Holy Spirit and she knew that this same creative “power” was to raise Jesus, as he had promised.

Thus Mary’s faith sustained that of the disciples until their encounter with the Risen Lord and continued to accompany them also after his Ascension into Heaven, as they waited for “[Baptism] in the Holy Spirit” (cf. Acts 1:5)… This is why, for all the generations, Mary is an image and model of the Church which together with the Spirit journeys through time, invoking Jesus’ glorious return: “Come, Lord Jesus” (cf. Rv 22:17, 20).

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