Daily homily for Saturday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle I
Theme: Reflective and meditative heart of Mary
By: Fr. Francis Onwunali
Homily for Saturday June 12 2021
The Church today chose to celebrate the Memorial of Immaculate Heart of Mary after the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus to indicate how closely knit these two hearts showed love to humanity and borne pain in the course of our redemption. Reflecting on Simeon’s prophecy: “And sorrow, like a sharp sword, will pierce your own heart” (Luke 2: 35), St. Augustine observed that at the foot of the cross Mary was not passive but, “She coorperated through charity in the work of our redemption”.
In the first reading (2 Cor 5: 14-21) we are reminded that since Christ has reconciled us to God, the Father, we are not part of the process of reconciling others to God. As we have experienced forgiveness, we are being sent out to announce and share the gift of pardon and forgiveness with others.
The gospel (Luke 2: 41-51) presents to us the reflective and meditative heart of Mary as she pondered all the events of Jesus’ life in her heart. Jesus was obedient to His human parents, Mary and Joseph. Through obedience, Jesus reveals the loving relationship between Him and His Father.
Dear friends, while instituting this feast for the whole Church, Pius XII sought to obtain through the intercession of Mary “peace among nations, freedom for the Church, the conversion of sinners, the love of purity and the practice of virtue (Decree of May 4, 1944). Mary felt the pain of the suffering and death of her Son, Jesus, and as our Mother, she understands the pain we are going through as individuals and the world.
I pray as we journey in life today, may we humble ourselves and appeal to the Immaculate Heart of Mary to intercede for us as she did at Cana in Galilee (John 2: 1-11). May our own hearts be pure, radiate love and eschew any form of hate and wickedness towards others. May we reconcile with others and be obedient to God’s will.
Have a purity-full day!