today's Mass readings (Power made perfect in weakness / The Church is the Father's House..)

**Sa (6-20)

2 Cor 12:1-10**:

Brothers and Sisters: I must boast; not that it is profitable, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who, fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows) was caught up to the third Heaven. I know that his man (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows) was caught up into Paradise and heard ineffable things, which no one may utter. About this man I will boast, but about myself I will not boast, except about my weaknesses. Although If I should wish to boast, I would not be foolish, for I would be telling the truth. But I refrain, so that no one may think more of me than what he sees in me or hears from me because of the abundance of the revelations. Therefore, that I might not become too elated, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, an angel of Satan, to beat me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it might leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

St Lk 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 relative 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.

*I could never understand why Mary asked Jesus this question (well, OK i can understand her asking but) then didn’t understand his answer… Didn’t she know at that time that Jesus was the Son of God?? :confused: I mean she had him as a virgin so it seems she would know about His mission…??? :confused:

But anyway, i like Jesus’ answer & His saying that the synagogue (now Church) is the Father’s House… because the Real Presence of Christ is There 24/7 :heaven: .*

(i realized too late that i already posted Saturday’s readings… Oh well… can’t have too much of the Word, can we? :))

Knowing is not equal to understanding. When the Mother of God “kept all these things in her heart,” it means she is continuously pondering and wondering this knowledge leading to better capacity of the infinite happiness with God in the end.

The Church being like the Mother, also keeps developing what was revealed by Christ.

wow… that helps… & i like that last part… about the Church developing…

seems non-Catholics want the Church to be the exact same as it was 2000 yrs ago…

and of course, logic dictates that if that were the case - they only wanted a church that was exactly like the first one -

they wouldn’t go to
their churches either… :smiley:

can’t blame them though… i want the Church to be the same as 2000 yrs ago myself… as in … uh… pre-vatican II…

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