Saturday June 12 2021
10th Week in Ordinary Time
The Immaculate Heart of the BVM
Is. 61:9-11; (R. Ps.) 1 Sam. 2:1,4-5,6-7,8;
Lk. 2:41-51 (Ps Wk II)
In celebrating Mary’s Immaculate Heart, we praise her single-heartedness. It is sin that divides our heart between self and God, making us no longer single-hearted, no longer immaculate of heart.
But today, let us consider another dimension of Mary’s heart. A dimension that helps us realise that she is very much in our league, a dimension hinted at the end of today’s gospel reading, namely, her pondering heart: his mother kept all these things in her heart.
Mary faced a number of situations that she did not understand. We are told explicitly this much at the Nativity and in the episode narrated in today’s gospel reading. Implicitly we are told the same when she hears Simeon’s prediction; when her Son appears to be telling her at the Cana wedding, “this is none of our business”; when she hears Jesus say, “who is my mother?” and most of all at the foot of the cross. But Mary kept moving on without understanding, pondering in her heart.
Her steadfastness, her single-heartedness, was not based on external evidence but on trust. Mary was assured, even when she could not be sure. Being sure and being assured are not the same thing. Being sure speaks of understanding, which rests on evidence. Being assured speaks of an inner stance, which rests on trust.
Lord, I trust You, and I say with me, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to Your Word”.
\"Your mustard seed is what the Reign of God is about. Your little faith, your little effort is enough. Give your little bit and stand by amazed as you see what God will do with it. Your mustard seed will flourish.\"