09 June 2018: The Heart with Longing for God


Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Reading 1: 2 Tim 4: 1-8; Gospel: Lk 2: 41-51

The gospel reading of today presents to us two striking phrases: “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” and “His mother kept all these things in her heart.”

Jesus, being a child of twelve years old, was very clear that he must be in His Father’s house and be busy with His Father’s business. His age, situation, atmosphere or any existing reality was never a hindrance to this longing. He made sure that he was in the Father’s house. We call God as ‘Our Father’. Then, naturally, imitating Christ, we must be busy with the Father’s work and must be present in the Father’s house. How far are we able to do it? Let us reflect. A heart with longing for God does it. And we celebrate one such heart today: the immaculate heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The peak expression of her longing for God was expressed in her continuous pondering of what God has done in her life and in that of the others. She never spared a moment to reflect on all these. The powerful effect of this continuous longing resulting in a perpetual pondering was seen at the foot of the cross – where Mary was able to bear the horrible sight of the crucifixion of her son.

Amidst the daily activities and the compelling sorrows of our life, let us turn our minds to God. Imitating Mary let us become the mediators of God’s mighty and marvelous deeds in our lives, so that, one day we will be able to say: “Yes, I am in my Father’s house.”

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