May the Lord give you peace and blessings. It is 25th June 2022. We reflect on Isaiah 61:9-11 and Luke 2:41-51.
We celebrate the memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A heart that followed Jesus to the end. Mother was so immaculate in conviction to follow Her only Son Jesus, the Saviour of the world. A heart that motivated the scattered and shattered dreams of the apostles with her mantle of prayer and penance.
It is so fitting to adorn Her with the prophecy of the prophet Isaiah: “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness.” (Is.61:10).
A disciple at heart and demonstrated in Her humble and peaceful presence in the early Church. The contemplative life contributed by Mary became the inspiration for the active and pilgrim Church and the followers of Christ.
She shined the holiness of God in Her purity that even accommodated the Saviour of the world in Her cradle of hope and peace. The love for Jesus in Her Immaculate Heart never dried and remained a spring of life for those who come closer to the Lord.
Mary wanted Her son to have a religious upbringing and so She took Him to the temple but alas she had to lose Her Only Son Jesus for a few days. The Immaculate Heart Mary went through such turmoil, pain and sorrow and whispered to Jesus: “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” (Lk.2:48).
She Herself encourages us that we must not just remain in the consecration of our heart but in reparation and living a life of conversion and penance. “Mother of God, and our Mother, our Advocate and Mediatrix, Treasurer and dispenser of God’s graces, obtain for us the prompt forgiveness of our sins and grant that we may be reconciled with the divine majesty. Pray for us now, during this short life, so fraught with sorrow and uncertainty; now, because we can be sure of nothing except the present moment; now that we are surrounded and attacked night and day by powerful and ruthless enemies,” teaches St. Louis-Marie de Montfort.
May our Beloved Mother Mary, the Immaculate Heart intercede for us all. God bless you.