June 20, 2020

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?

As we end the prologue of the Gospel of Luke, we come to this incident when Jesus was only 12 and had gone with his parent to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, staying behind when the caravan returned to Nazareth. His parents found him in the Temple some three days later. Mary was distraught—understandably so—and reproached him for staying behind without permission or telling them that he was doing so.

Jesus’ answer, noted above, was confusing to Mary, but we are told that she “kept all these things in her heart.” Luke highlights not only Mary’s obedience to God in his gospel but her willingness to reflect on the various events of her and Jesus’ life to understand them better. Luke also wants us, his readers, to look forward to the next time in his gospel when Jesus goes up to Jerusalem—there to suffer and die for us, and return once again to his Father’s house.

As we reflect today on the immaculate heart of Mary, we should focus on her ability to reflect on the events in her life. Father Eymard loved to think of Mary as the queen of the Cenacle, where Jesus instituted the Eucharist. It was also where she and the disciples gathered until Pentecost, at least, to reflect and pray over the astounding things that had happened in their lives. We, too, have much to reflect on in our lives of faith. Our adorations should take us into the hearts of Mary and Jesus as we ponder what God is asking us to do with our lives.

In prayer today, ask to be open to God’s will in your life.

Let Us Pray:

O Mother Mary, help me, like you, to be always docile to God’s word in my life. And help me, again like you, to always be able to say, be it done to me according to your word.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015. His most recent book is A Eucharistic Spirituality: Inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Apostle of the Eucharist, which he co-authored with Jim Brown.