I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Reflection for June 4, Saturday; Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Luke 2:41-51

Gospel: 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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What breaks the heart of a mother? It is to see that her children are not successful in their own respective fields especially in their marriages.

Mary’s heart was also being torn to pieces as she discovered that her child Jesus was not with them as they return home to Nazareth. But the Blessed Mother trusted God and she surely prayed to God as well that they would be able to find Jesus.

Today we remember the Immaculate Heart of Mary; immaculate means clean unsullied by any impurities that will make it unclean: that’s the heart of the Blessed Mother. However, her heart was not spared from sorrows, pains and apprehensions this was very vivid when she was at the foot of the cross crying and somberly looking-up to his crucified and dying son.

However, amidst the sorrows; the Blessed Mother’s heart is also deeply humble and trusting to the will of God. She carried her sorrow with dignity and deep faith in God that’s why she quietly endured her sufferings until the death of Jesus on the cross.

For the mothers who carry their own sufferings may the Immaculate Heart of Mary be your own model of humility, trust and deep faith. Your sufferings may be caused by your children, by your husband or by a severe trial.

Never hesitate to ask the Blessed Mother to pray for you and to bring you closer to her child Jesus. – Marino j. Dasmarinas 

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