Saturday 28th June – Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Reflection: Luke 2: 41-51
LEARNING FROM OUR MOTHER
As we read about the lives of several Biblical characters, we are astounded by the great faith and trust they had in God. A faith that remained unshaken even in the midst of difficulties. Think of Abraham, Joseph the son of Jacob, David, Daniel etc and we’ll find so much to learn from their faith.
Today, we will reflect on the faith of our Blessed Mother, Mary. Can you imagine what it would have meant for Mary when the news of her pregnancy went public and she was still unmarried? Imagine the shame and humiliation she may have experienced. Yet, she offered herself to be used as God’s vessel to bring His Son into the world regardless of the difficulties she would encounter along the line.
Today, Scripture records that she “stored up all these things in her heart.” There was so much she did not understand about her Son but she knew God had a plan which He would fulfil in His own unique way. You and I can find no better way to honour our Blessed Mother than by imitating her great faith. Like Mary, let us trust God, who knows the purpose for our lives. Let us rely on Him always especially in times of uncertainty. As we trust and obey God, His perfect plan for us will unfold each new day just as it did for Mary.
Prayer: Dearest Mother, you remind me each day to do whatever Jesus tells me. Please intercede for me that I may trust God absolutely like you did and obey Him always.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 479 What can we learn from the way in which Mary prayed?
To learn from Mary how to pray means to join in her prayer: “Let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). Prayer is ultimately self-giving in response to God’s love. If we say Yes as Mary did, God has the opportunity to lead his life in our life.
HIDE A TREASURE: “His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” John 2:5 RSV-CE
Readings for today: Isaiah 61: 9-11; 1 Samuel 2: 1, 4-8; Luke 2: 41-51