Jesus' heart is filled with an eternal and powerful love so great
that it can overcome all evil, even death. Because he loves us, he was willing to suffer for us. His care for
us is beyond anything we can imagine. Mary, his mother, made a choice when she was still just a girl. God invited
her to be the mother of his Son, and in the simplicity of her heart, she gave her whole self over to God. In Jesus'
heart of great love and Mary's heart of simple willingness to give all to God, may we learn the love of God and live in
A reading from the first letter
of Saint John:
Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Whoever
loves is a child of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. And God showed
his love for us by sending his only Son into the world, so that we might have life through him. This is what love is:
it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven.
Dear friends, if this is how God loved us, then we should love one another. No one has ever seen God, but if we love
one another, God lives in union with us, and his love is made perfect in us. The Word of the Lord.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke:
year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they went to
the festival as usual. When the festival was over, they started back home, but the boy Jesus stayed in Jerusalem.
His parents did not know this; they thought that he was with the group, so they traveled a whole day and then started looking
for him among their relatives and friends. They did not find him, so they went back to Jerusalem looking for him.
On the third day they found him in the Temple, sitting with the Jewish teachers, listening to them and asking questions.
All who heard him were amazed at his intelligent answers. His parents were astonished when they saw him, and his mother
said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been terribly worried trying to find you."
He answered them, "Why did you have to look for me? Didn't you know that I had to be in my Father's house?"
But they did not understand his answer. So Jesus went back with them to Nazareth, where he was obedient to them.
His mother treasured all these things in her heart. The Gospel of the Lord.
Mary did not always understand her son. Jesus. But whenever things happened to
him that confused her, the Bible tells us that she "pondered them in her heart." We too can ponder God's
love in our hearts. Jesus' loving wisdom and the gift of his own heart, which he has shared so generously, can become
like treausres we keep at the center of our attention always.
God our Father, we thank you for the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. May we
be filled with the same love and simplicity that filled them until that love spills out into the world. May we become
a way that your love and healing can enter the world and bring your peace. Grant this through Christ our Lord.