On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 4, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


How else better can we ponder over the love of God through His Son our Lord Jesus then through the Immaculate Heart of Mary His mother? She who stored up all things of Him in her heart and pondered deeply over them. With a heart so pure, so gentle and so loving. Without reserve pours out her love and spirit from within her to all her children throughout the world.

All she asks of us is that like her, we give glory to her Son our Lord, Jesus Christ by the way we lead our lives. That we share His love, truth and good news of new life in Him; now and in His Kingdom to come with others. So like St Paul we can fight the good fight and complete the race towards our heavenly inheritance.

Lord Jesus grant me a child like innocence and humility to seek only Your truth. To know that my learning and pondering of the mysteries of You never ends. There are always more questions to be asked; so that I may learn and understand ever more deeply. May my love for You and my brethren grow deeper now and forever. Amen

Immaculate Heart, Mary my mother, pray for me. That through the Holy Spirit, my thoughts, words and actions are purified so that I may live a life which is pleasing to Your Son Jesus. Amen

First reading
2 Timothy 4:1-8

Before God and before Christ Jesus who is to be judge of the living and the dead, I put this duty to you, in the name of his Appearing and of his kingdom: proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it. Refute falsehood, correct error, call to obedience – but do all with patience and with the intention of teaching. The time is sure to come when, far from being content with sound teaching, people will be avid for the latest novelty and collect themselves a whole series of teachers according to their own tastes; and then, instead of listening to the truth, they will turn to myths. Be careful always to choose the right course; be brave under trials; make the preaching of the Good News your life’s work, in thoroughgoing service.

  As for me, my life is already being poured away as a libation, and the time has come for me to be gone. I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith; all there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for his Appearing.

Luke 2:41-51

Every year the parents of Jesus used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up for the feast as usual. When they were on their way home after the feast, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it. They assumed he was with the caravan, and it was only after a day’s journey that they went to look for him among their relations and acquaintances. When they failed to find him they went back to Jerusalem looking for him everywhere.

  Three days later, they found him in the Temple, sitting among the doctors, listening to them, and asking them questions; and all those who heard him were astounded at his intelligence and his replies. They were overcome when they saw him, and his mother said to him, ‘My child, why have, you done this to us? See how worried your father and I have been, looking for you.’

  ‘Why were you looking for me?’ he replied ‘Did you not know that I must be busy with my Father’s affairs?’ But they did not understand what he meant.

  He then went down with them and came to Nazareth and lived under their authority. His mother stored up all these things in her heart.

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