The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saturday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings of the day: RB 7:60-61Mass: Is 61:9-11; Resp Ps (1 S 2) or 2 Tm 4:1-8; Resp Ps 71; Lk 2:41-51Mary, of her was born Jesus who is called the Messiah.
Mary was greatly troubled and pondered (Lk 1:29); Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, may it be done to me according to your word’ (Lk 1:38); she proclaimed the greatness of the Lord (Lk 1:46); Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes (Lk 2:7); she kept all things reflecting on them in her heart (Lk 2:19); Mary was amazed at what was said about her son (Lk 2:33); Simeon said to Mary, ‘you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed’ (Lk 2:35) Mary looked for her son with great anxiety (Lk 2:48); she kept all these things in her heart (Lk 2:51); Mary said to the servers, ‘do whatever he tells you’ (Jn 2:5); Jesus said in reply, ‘Who is my mother?’ (Mt 13:48); standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother…Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son.’ Then he said to the other disciple, ‘Behold, your mother.’ (Jn 19:25-27); All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers (Ac 1:14).What gratitude can we show, what praises can we sing, what feast can we celebrate in honor of her heart, that will be worthy of her excessive charity towards us, and of the favors granted to us by divine mercy through her intercession?
(St John Eudes)