Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 2:41-51.
Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,
and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom.
After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.
Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions,
and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”
And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
But they did not understand what he said to them.
He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
Saint Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941), Franciscan, martyr
Addresses of the 5/7/1936, 3 & 4/9/1937, 14/5/1936
“Behold your mother ” (Jn 19,27)
Let us strive to love our Lord Jesus with the heart of the Immaculate: to welcome him with her heart, praise him with her own dispositions, atone and give thanks. Even though we have no perception of it, yet this is the reality. It is through her heart, with her dispositions that we give praise to the Lord Jesus. And if in fact it is she who loves, she who glorifies Jesus through us, yet we are her instruments.
She alone teaches us how to love the Lord Jesus, incomparably better than any book or teacher. She teaches us to love him as she herself loves him. And all our striving must aim towards her loving our Lord Jesus with our hearts.
Only the soul possessed by the love of God puts aside all that hinders it. All is centred on God’s love. Now which of us loves Jesus poor, crucified, in the crib, more than his Mother most holy! There is no one in the world, not even among the angels, who has loved – and loves – the Lord Jesus as intensely as the Mother of God… The Immaculate one is the flowering of divine love in our souls and the means by which we draw near to Jesus’ heart.