Posted by: RAM | June 3, 2016

Saturday (June 4): “His mother kept all these things in her heart”

Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita!
Month of the Sacred Heart

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lectionary: 358/573

First Reading: 2 Timothy 4:1-8
Psalms 71:8-9, 14-17, 22:  I will sing of your salvation.
Gospel: Luke 2:41-51
Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,
and when he was twelve years old,
they went up according to festival custom.
After they had completed its days, as they were returning,
the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,
but his parents did not know it.
Thinking that he was in the caravan,
they journeyed for a day
and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
but not finding him,
they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting in the midst of the teachers,
listening to them and asking them questions,
and all who heard him were astounded
at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him,
they were astonished,
and his mother said to him,
“Son, why have you done this to us?
Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”
And he said to them,
“Why were you looking for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
But they did not understand what he said to them.
He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and was obedient to them;
and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/060416.cfm

Reflection: Do you know the pain and grief of losing someone close to you? Mary and Joseph must have felt anxious and helpless when the boy Jesus disappeared. Nonetheless they returned to Jerusalem with confident trust that God would guide them in their hour of trial.

Why did Jesus stay back in Jerusalem when his parents left for home? Just as the prophet Samuel heard the call of the Lord at a very young age, Jesus in his youth recognized that he has been given a call by his heavenly Father. His answer to his mother’s anxious inquiry reveals his trusting faith and confident determination to pursue his heavenly Father’s will. Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house? Our Heavenly Father calls each of us. With the call God gives grace – grace to say “yes” to his will and grace to persevere through obstacles and trials. Do you recognize God’s call on your life and do you trust in his grace?

“Lord Jesus, in love you have called me to live for your praise and glory. May I always find joy in your presence and trust in your wise and loving plan for my life.” http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/jun4.htm  www.dailyscripture.net author Don Schwager © 2016 Servants of the Word

Saint of the Day: St. Francis Caracciolo (1563-1608)
A medical crisis that proved to be a false alarm changed the life of this 16th-century saint. At age 22 Francis developed a troublesome skin disease resembling leprosy—one of the most dreaded diseases of the day.

He vowed that if he recovered he would devote his life to God. The skin condition cleared up completely. Convinced his recovery was miraculous, Francis kept his promise to God.

He studied for the priesthood in Naples. There he befriended a man who wanted to establish a new religious community that would focus on both the active and the contemplative life. Francis helped draw up Rules for the new Order of the Minor Clerks Regular. Members of the Order agreed among themselves never to seek leadership within the group, though Francis was elected many times to serve in such positions.

Even in his capacity as superior of the Order, he insisted on sharing simple tasks: sweeping rooms, making beds, washing dishes. As a priest Francis spent many hours in the confessional. He also begged in the streets for the poor and gave away most of his possessions to the needy.

Francis died in 1608. He is the patron saint of Naples. http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Saints/saint.aspx?id=1404

More Saints of the Day
St. Alexander
St. Aretius
St. Breaca
St. Clateus
St. Cornelius of Armagh
St. Croidan
St. Elsiar
St. Francis Caracciolo
St. Metrophanes of Byzantium
St. Nennoc
St. Optatus of Milevis
St. Petroc
St. Quirinus of Tivoli
St. Quirinus of Siscia
St. Rutilius and Companions
St. Saturnina
St. Walter
St. Walter

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