Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary – Lk 2:41-51

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary – Lk 2:41-51

Make no mistake; my mother would not hesitate to give me a resounding whack if after looking for me for three days I said to her, “”Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” My mother, the saintly woman that she is, would have just given into the stress of searching for me and as punishment left me another three days “in my father’s house”.

But Mary is gentle in heart and that gentleness is communicated in words, “”Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” Even more we are told that Mary “kept all these things in her heart.”  It is this heart of a mother and disciple that today we celebrate in the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary has its origins in the middle ages but was actively promoted by St. John Eudes a native of France in the 17th century.

Mary, ‘the first disciple’ is always close to her son Jesus and so the Church honours the heart of Mary a day later after the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. While the heart of Jesus  is given to us for imitation as a heart that loved us all even though we were sinners who rejected His  unconditional love, the heart of Mary is given to us by the Church as a model of  how we should love Jesus just as Mary loved her son. Hers is an Immaculate Heart, a sinless heart and she is the only fully human person who is able to really love God in the way that he should be loved.

Make no mistake; the heart of Mary is not some romanticized religious presentation of Mary but one that fully experienced both joy and suffering. When the shepherds adored her new born baby she “pondered all these things in her heart”. When the child Jesus was lost and then found she, “kept all these things in her heart” and yes Simeon also predicted that this very “heart would be pierced by a sword”.  There could have been no greater sorrow for a mother who was also a disciple, to stand at the foot of the cross and watch her son die.

While the world of art might present the Blessed Virgin Mary in soft tones and hues with a gentle smile drawn on her face, Our Blessed Mother was in reality a woman who experienced the rough and tumble of life.  She did not have a  life of roses and peaches; yet she always remained faithful no matter what. It is this heart of fidelity for Jesus that we honour today and it is this sinless heart filled with love for Jesus that we are called to imitate.

Fr Warner D’Souza


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3 thoughts on “Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary – Lk 2:41-51”

  • Nice description about Mother Mary on occasion of Feast of Sacred Heart of Mary 🙏🏼indeed we should imitate Mother Mary that even if her life was rough and hard but she never stop believing God and she was really strong.Immaculate Heart of Mary always bless us and Pray for us Mother and help us when our faith is faltering Maa.Happy Feast of Immaculate Heart of Mary,Father,God Bless You 🙏🏼

  • So well explained as always, Fr Warner.

    What a loving heart of our dear Mother.

    Giggled reading the start of this reflection with regards to you and your mother.

    Happy feast

  • How should I word this ? It really takes a lot of patience to shut oneself up when you are in the right and when the other party “answers” back (not though in the same light as our young Jesus in the temple) with a smart retort. And Mary shows us the right way – to hold it inside and always look at the deeper meaning of things. Truly the perfect example of a Jesus’ best disciple. Show us the way Mother Mary….. especially in a “Tit fir Tat” world that we are living in.


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