Treasured

Scripture Reading

The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph,
and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this,
they made known the message 
that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed
by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things,
reflecting on them in her heart.
Then the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God
for all they had heard and seen, 
just as it had been told to them.

When eight days were completed for his circumcision,
he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel
before he was conceived in the womb.
(Luke 2:16-21)

 

Scripture Study

2:16. The shepherds hasten because they are full of joy and eager to see the Savior. St Ambrose comments: “No one seeks Christ half-heartedly” (Expositio Evangelii sec. Lucam). Earlier on, the evangelist observed that our Lady, after the Annunciation, “went in haste” to see St Elizabeth (Lk 1:39). A soul who has given God entry rejoices that God has visited him and his life acquires new energy.[1]

2:19 Mary … in her heart: Mary contemplates Jesus’ birth and childhood, not from a distance, but as a participant in the mystery (1:35, 43; 2:51). Luke’s insight suggests that Mary is either the direct or the indirect source of his information, since she alone could relate these hidden details of the story.

2:21 circumcised: Like John, Jesus is named at his circumcision (1:59–60). The event initiates his full solidarity with God’s covenant people, Israel (Gen 17:9–14; CCC 527).[2]

Scripture Reflection

Friends, on this feast of Mary the mother of God, I would like to emphasize specially the word today’s Gospel associated with her: treasured. “Mary treasured these things and reflected on them in her heart.” She pondered them, turned them over, sought out their causes, saw their implications, allowed them to work their way into the marrow of her bones.

Blessed John Henry Newman said that this treasuring quality of Mary makes her the patroness of theology. He furthermore observed that theology is one of the marks of a healthy Catholicism. Augustine, Aquinas, Bonaventure, Dante, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Newman himself, John Paul II are all Marian figures in this sense.

So when you know your mission; be astonished by what God has done; and never stop treasuring it.

– Bishop Robert Barron

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV. 

 

 

 

[1] Saint Luke’s Gospel, The Navarre Bible (Dublin; New York: Four Courts Press; Scepter Publishers, 2005), 46.
[2] Curtis Mitch, “Introduction to the Gospels,” in The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: The New Testament (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2010), 110.