Learn more about the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2016-06-04
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/060416.cfm
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.
Mary kept all these things in her heart – from the prophesy of Simeon to Jesus’ death on the cross. She pondered them and I can only imagine the pain it brought to her. Her Immaculate Heart was pierced by the sword as predicted yet she carried on. She walked with Jesus, she walked with the Apostles and she walks with us today. She keeps all this in her heart and brings us closer to Our Lord. Do you go to her with your anxiety? Of all people, she is the one who understands our problems and grief and will bring us peace. Go to your Mother, she is waiting to ease your pain.
Prayer: Immaculate Virgin, by the holy will of your Son my Lord Jesus Christ, you are my Mother in Heaven. Your Immaculate Heart is full of love, mercy and compassion for sinners like me. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise and honor!
I will sing of your salvation.