1 Sam 2:1, 4–5, 6–7, 8
My heart rejoices in the Lord, my Savior.
1st Reading: Is 61:9–11
Their descendants shall be known among the nations
and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
that they are a race Yahweh has blessed.
I rejoice greatly in Yahweh,
my soul exults for joy in my God,
for he has clothed me in the garments of his salvation,
he has covered me with the robe of his righteousness,
like a bridegroom wearing a garland,
like a bride adorned with jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its growth,
and as a garden makes seeds spring up,
so will the Lord Yahweh make justice and praise
spring up in the sight of all nations.
Gospel: Luke 2:41-51
Every year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover, as was customary. And when Jesus was twelve years old, he went up with them according to the custom for this feast. After the festival was over, they returned, but the boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem and his parents did not know it.
They thought he was in the company and after walking the whole day they looked for him among their relatives and friends. As they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem searching for him, and on the third day they found him in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions. And all the people were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
His parents were very surprised when they saw him and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I were very worried while searching for you.” Then he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Do you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand this answer.
Jesus went down with them, returning to Nazareth, and he continued to be subject to them. As for his mother, she kept all these things in her heart.
Sons are often their mothers’ Calvary. “A sword shall pierce your own soul too” (v.35). The lance that pierced him pierced her too. That is the way with love. If you love, you will suffer. Everyone who has ever loved another human being is capable of being hurt on his or her account. If you love, you will suffer; if you do not love, you will still suffer! How do these two forms of suffering differ? If you love, you will begin to suffer more or less immediately (it may be joyful suffering); but the refusal to love, while it may save you from suffering for a time, will bring you greater suffering in the end. On this day, the pierced heart of Mary tells us that the pain of love is better than the pain that follows a refusal to love.
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