Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Luke 2: 41-51
The last line of the gospel speaks volumes,
“Mary kept all these things in her heart.”
It certainly wasn’t a bed of roses for Mother Mary
to be the Mother of God.
Think of what she bore:
from bearing him in a manger –
to escaping Harrods threats to kill Jesus and traveling to Egypt –
to losing her Son for 3 days and then finding him in the Temple.
The sword pierced her heart on Good Friday
under the Cross of her Son
but she also knew the joy of Easter Sunday.
Mother Mary had much to ponder in her heart.
It’s not the type of pondering or reflecting
to try to figure something out.
It’s the type of pondering that begins with amazement
at what God is doing and opening her heart
to what it might all mean for her.
Think of how the earth opens to receive a seed in the ground.
It does not tell that seed how to grow or what to become.
It’s only role is to nourish that seed
to become what is already within it,
from a beautiful flower to a tree of fruit.
That’s how mother Mary received
all the events of her life with her Divine Son.
We celebrate her Immaculate Heart today
and ask her to free us from anything
that would keep her Son from growing and maturing in us
as he chooses through all the events of our lives.
“Mary kept all of these things in her heart.”
Pope Francis once said,
“Let us ask the Lord for the grace
to receive God’s Word and keep it,
and also for the grace to have a heart
that is troubled by keeping it.”
Mother Mary knows how to ponder the Word
that Jesus spoke to her in all the events of her life.
Let us invite her to ponder with us
so we too will have a heart that will immaculately receive
and give birth to Jesus in all the events of our lives.