Daily Gospel – Saturday, June 8, 2024 – Luke 2,41-51 – Catholic Bible

First Reading (Isaiah 61,9-11)

Reading the Book of the Prophet Isaiah.

The descendants of my people will be known among the nations, and their children will be established among the peoples; Whoever sees them will recognize them as descendants blessed by God. I rejoice in the Lord and my soul rejoices in my God; he has clothed me with the robes of salvation, wrapped me in the robe of righteousness, and adorned me like a bridegroom with his crown, or a bride with her jewels. Just as the earth makes the plant sprout and the garden makes the seed germinate, so the Lord God will make justice and his glory germinate before all nations.

– Word of the Lord.

– Thank God.

Gospel (Luke 2,41-51)

— PROCLAMATION of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke.

— Glory to you, Lord.

Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem every year for the Passover festival. When he turned twelve, they went up to the party, as usual. After the Easter days passed, they began their journey back, but the baby Jesus remained in Jerusalem, without his parents noticing him.
Thinking he was in the caravan, they walked for a whole day. Then they started looking for him among relatives and acquaintances. Not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem looking for him. Three days later, they found him in the Temple. He was sitting among the teachers, listening and asking questions. Everyone who heard the boy was amazed at his intelligence and his answers. Upon seeing him, his parents were very surprised and his mother said to him: “My son, why did you act like that towards us? Look, your father and I were, in anguish, looking for you”. Jesus answered, “Why are you looking for me? Do you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand the words he had spoken to them. Jesus then went down with his parents to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother, however, kept all these things in her heart.

— Word of Salvation.

— Glory to you, Lord.

Reflecting the Word of God

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Today, the readings that the liturgy proposes to us bring a message of joy and hope, as well as a deep reflection on obedience and the search for a true understanding of God’s will. Let’s explore together what Isaiah and the Gospel of Luke have to teach us about life and faith.

In the book of Isaiah, chapter 61, verses 9 to 11, we find a powerful message of redemption and glory. The prophet Isaiah proclaims: “Your descendants will be known among the nations, and your posterity among the peoples. All who see them will recognize that they are a lineage blessed by the Lord.” Isaiah speaks of a people who, after the tribulation, will be recognized by divine blessing. It is a people who experience God’s salvation and justice in such a visible way that everyone around them will notice.

Imagine a garden, once desolate and barren, that after an abundant rainy season blooms with life and colors. This garden represents the transformation that God operates in our lives. Where there was despair, hope is born; where there was sadness, joy arises. Isaiah assures us that we are like this flourishing garden, planted and cultivated by God himself.

And the prophet continues: “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will rejoice in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, like a bridegroom adorning himself with a crown and like a bride adorning herself with her jewels.” Here, Isaiah uses the metaphor of marriage to describe the relationship between God and his people. The image of the groom and bride symbolizes an intimate and joyful union, a relationship marked by beauty, love and fidelity.

God’s salvation and righteousness are not just abstract concepts; They are realities that transform and clothe us. Just as a bride adorns herself with jewelry on her wedding day, God adorns us with grace and righteousness, preparing us to share in His eternal joy.

In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 2, verses 41 to 51, we find a story that is very familiar to us, but that always has something new to teach us. It is the passage in which Jesus, still a boy, is found in the temple arguing with the doctors of the law. “His parents went to Jerusalem every year for the feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up according to the custom of the feast.”

Here we see Mary and Joseph’s obedience to Jewish traditions and laws. They are presented as dedicated parents, who educate their children in the faith and customs of their people. However, upon returning home, they realize that Jesus is not with them. After three days of harrowing search, they find him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions.

We can imagine the concern of Mary and Joseph, the anguish of a father or mother who loses their child in a crowd. But Jesus, in His answer, reveals something profound to us: “Why did you seek me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” Jesus, even though he was young, is fully aware of His mission and His identity as Son of God. He reminds us that obedience to God and fulfilling his will are above all.

Mary and Joseph do not fully understand what Jesus says, but they keep all these things in their hearts. Mary, in particular, meditates on these words, seeking to understand the mystery of her son. This episode teaches us about the importance of seeking to understand God’s will in our lives, even when we don’t fully understand what He is asking of us.

Let’s reflect on our own lives. How many times do we find ourselves in situations where we don’t understand God’s ways? Perhaps it is a difficulty, a loss, or a moment of uncertainty. Just like Mary and Joseph, we are called to trust and seek God’s presence, even when the answers are not immediate or clear.

Jesus shows us that our first loyalty must be to God. He invites us to make God’s will the priority in our lives, above our worries and fears. Obedience to God, as Jesus exemplified to us, is the path to true peace and fulfillment.

Today’s readings also challenge us to look at our identity. Isaiah reminds us that we are a blessed people, adorned with God’s grace. The Gospel reminds us that, as children of God, we are called to live in obedience and in constant search of his will.

And how can we apply these lessons to our daily lives? First, recognizing our identity as beloved children of God. Just like the people described by Isaiah, we are blessed and called to reflect this blessing in the world. Our actions, words and attitudes must be a reflection of the righteousness and salvation we have received.

Second, we need to cultivate a deep and ongoing relationship with God. This means setting aside time for prayer, reading Scripture, and meditation. We must seek to be in the “Father’s house”, just as Jesus was in the temple, listening and learning.

Finally, we must trust God even in situations of uncertainty. When we do not understand the paths that He places us on, we must remember the attitude of Mary, who kept and meditated on all things in her heart. Trusting God gives us the peace to move forward, knowing that He is in control.

May these readings inspire us to live with joy, confident in our identity in God, and to always seek His will in our lives. May we, like Jesus, be obedient to the Father’s call and, like Mary, keep and meditate on the mysteries of our faith.

Let us now have a moment of silence, asking God to reveal his will to us and help us to live in accordance with his grace and justice.

Lord, we thank You for Your Word that guides and enlightens us. Help us to live as Your blessed children, reflecting Your righteousness and salvation in all our actions. Give us the grace to always seek Your will and to trust You at all times. May we be light in the world, following the example of Your beloved Son. Amen.

My brothers and sisters, as we leave here today, let us take with us the joy and hope that we find in the Scriptures. May God’s grace accompany us and strengthen us to live as true disciples of Christ, obedient and confident in his will. Amen.