Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him.
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” He said to them, “Why were you searching 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.
Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Today, the Church celebrates Mary’s Immaculate Heart, so intimately linked to the Sacred Heart of her Son Jesus that we marked yesterday.
Mary’s reply at the Annunciation – “Here am I, the servant of the Lord: let it be with me according to your word” – made obedience to God’s will her priority in life. Even so, she would not escape having to struggle to sort out the events God’s providence would bring into her life and that of her remarkable Son, including his being lost for three days and found in the Temple following a higher call from His heavenly Father.
Mary struggled by keeping all these things in her heart … as it were, tossing them about to make spiritual sense of them.
For God had begun to prepare a whole new order in divine–human relationships by the Incarnation.
These new values began unremarkably in the simple piety of Jewish parents who communicated their religious values by making the long and arduous pilgrimage every year to Jerusalem for Passover.
The Jesuit priestly ordinations taking place today reflect the challenge that these men faced, to heed God’s call and to ponder in their hearts what God has done and wishes to do in their lives.
—Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, SJ, is the Archbishop of Ottawa in Canada. Today he will preside at the ordination of four Jesuits of the USA Central and Southern Province.
It is becoming for you, O Mary, to be mindful of us, as you stand near Him who bestowed upon you all graces, for you are the Mother of God and our Queen. Come to our aid for the sake of the King, the Lord God and Master Who was born of you. For this reason you are called “full of grace.”
Be mindful of us, most holy Virgin, and bestow on us gifts from the riches of your graces, O Virgin, full of grace.
—Prayer of St. Athanasius to Mary