Heart of Mary

“After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions ...” (Luke 2:46.)

Origen of Alexandria (part 2 of Pope Benedict’s reflections on Origen) comments on this verse from the First Reading proclaimed at Mass today:

Because he was a small child, he is found “in the midst of teachers,” sanctifying and instructing them. Because he was a small child, he is found “in their midst,” not teaching them but “asking questions.” He did this because it is appropriate to his age, to teach us what befits boys, even if they are wise and learned. They should rather hear their teachers than want to teach them and not show off with a display of knowledge. He interrogated the teachers not to learn anything but to teach them by his questions. From one fountain of doctrine, there flow both wise questions and answers. It is part of the same wisdom to know what you should ask and what you should answer. It was right for the Savior first to become a master of learned interrogation. Later he would answer questions according to God’s reason and Word.” (Homilies on the Gospel of Luke, 19.)

O God,
Who prepared a fit dwelling place
for the Holy Spirit
in the Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
graciously grant
that through her intercession
we may be a worthy temple of your glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the
unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen