HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.
THEME: Mary stored up all these things in her heart.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR SATURDAY JUNE 25 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Resp: 1 Samuel 2:1,4-8
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day after the celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated, reminding us all of the special link and connection that Jesus our Lord has with His mother Mary.
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, we heard from the Book of the prophet Isaiah, in which the Lord spoke to the people of God through the prophet Isaiah regarding the coming of God’s salvation to this world. The Lord sent His deliverance to this world, the salvation which He has promised us from the very beginning of time, in the Son that He has begotten, the Divine Word of God incarnate in the flesh through His mother, Mary, whose Immaculate Heart and love we remember today, as our own loving mother and guide.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
In our Gospel passage today, we heard of the account of the Lord Jesus and what happened when He was only twelve years old and remained in the Temple of Jerusalem while His parents, Mary and St. Joseph went on their way back to Nazareth and not knowing that Jesus had remained behind in the Temple. I am sure we are all aware of what happened in that story, and we heard how Mary and St. Joseph went all the way back to Jerusalem in search of the young Jesus, and found Him at the Temple.
Dear brethrens, today, as we commemorate this Feast in honour of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Mother of God and also our own mother, let us all hence commit ourselves anew to love the Lord, our God and Saviour, through the examples that our beloved mother herself had shown, in how Mary had dedicated her whole life to love her Son, and how she had dedicated her whole life to obey God’s will and becoming the perfect example for all of us in how we should live our own lives as Christians.
*LET US PRAY*
Mother, I come before you as your beloved child. You guided your son, Jesus, and you desire to guide me as well. Let me see in your example what it means to live a fully human life and then help me grow in those virtues I most need to follow your Son so that I may live as the person he created me to be and grow in union with his holy will for my life.
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA