Friday, June 27, 2014
Saturday 12th Week in Ordinary Time
Saturday 12th Week in Ordinary Time
[Memorial, Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary]
Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19/ Ps 74:1b-2, 3-5, 6-7, 20-21 / Lk 2: 41-51
Reading: Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19
Without pity Yahweh has shattered in Jacob every dwelling. He has torn down in his anger the ramparts of Judah's daughter. He has thrown her rulers and her king to the ground, dishonored. The elders of the daughter of Zion sit in silence upon the ground, their heads sprinkled with dust, their bodies wrapped in sackcloth, while Jerusalem's young women bow their heads to the ground. With weeping my eyes are spent; my soul is in torment because of the downfall of the daughter of my people, because children and infants faint in the open spaces of the town. To their mothers they say, "Where is the bread and wine?" as they faint like wounded men in the streets and public squares, as their lives ebb away in their mothers' arms. To what can I compare you, O daughter of Jerusalem? Who can save or comfort you, O virgin daughter of Zion? Deep as the sea is your affliction, and who can possibly heal you? Your prophets' visions were worthless and false. Had they warned of your sins, your fate might have been averted. But what they gave you instead were false, misleading signs. Cry out to the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion! Oh, let your tears flow day and night, like a river. Give yourself no relief; grant your eyes no respite. Get up, cry out in the night, as the evening watches start; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint with hunger at the corner of every street.
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. And Jesus increased in wisdom and age, and in divine and human favor.
They did not find him, so they went back to Jerusalem looking for him. (Lk 2:45)
How many times in the past have we felt emptiness in our hearts? How often do we feel that something seems to be missing in our lives, even when we seem to have everything we need? A wise priest once said in his homily, that when God breathed life into us, he breathed part of Himself, too. If we think of it this way, it looks like in each of us is a part of God. This is the one that searches for the source. Deep within us is the mark of God which always longs to be whole. When we are with God, that part is filled. When we are away from Him, that fraction of us seeks for the bigger part from which it belongs to. So there will always be a portion of us that will always look for God.
Have we tried looking for Him? Mary and Joseph did. They went to seek Jesus and found him. What about us? Have we found God?
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
... for world peace and reconciliation
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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