(4th Week of Lent – Friday)
(Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to 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.
—The Gospel of the Lord.
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Dear children! Today I call you to love with all your heart and with all your soul. Pray for the gift of love, because when the soul loves it calls my Son to itself. My Son does not refuse those who call Him and who desire to live according to Him. Pray for those who do not comprehend love, who do not understand what it means to love. Pray that God may be their Father and not their Judge. My children, you be my apostles, be my river of love. I need you. Thank you.
為瑪利亞無玷聖心凱旋的勝利作奉獻準備 – 三十三天祈禱奉獻
33 Days Prayer Consecration Preparation for the Triumphant Victory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
瑪1：16, 18-21, 24 (其他經文──撒下7：4-5, 12-14, 16 詠89 羅4：13, 16-18, 22)
「他來到自己的家鄉，在會堂裏教訓人，以致人們都驚訝說：『這人從那裏得了這樣的智慧和奇能? 這人不是那木匠的兒子嗎﹖他的母親不是叫瑪利亞，他的弟兄不是叫雅各伯，若瑟，西滿和猶達嗎? 他的姊妹不是都在我們這裡嗎﹖那麼他的這一切是從那裏來的呢?』 他們就對他起了反感。」(瑪13:54-57)
耶穌曾有感而說：「若翰來了，也不吃，也不喝，他們便說：他附了魔； 人子來了，也吃也喝，他們卻說：看哪! 一個貪吃嗜酒的人，稅吏和罪人的朋友! 」 (瑪11:18-19)
Vatican press office announces Medjugorje commission
Vatican City, March 17, 2010 / 09:56 am (CNA/EWTN News)
Cardinal Camillo Ruini
A statement was released by the Holy See on Wednesday confirming the formation of a commission to investigate the “phenomenon” of Medjugorje.
The Vatican communique reads: “Under the auspices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, under the presidency of Cardinal Camillo Ruini, an international commission of investigation on Medjugorje has been constituted. Said Commission, composed of cardinals, bishops and experts will work in a reserved manner, subjecting the results of their studies to the authority of the Dicastery.”
Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, said that no other information was available at this point besides the role of Cardinal Ruini as president. However, he did say that the commission will be formed by “more or less” 20 members.
Fr Federico Lombardi
Responding to a question from a journalist about the possible inclusion of Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar, whose diocese includes Medjugorje, Fr Lombardi said that he is not in possession of a list of members.
The Vatican spokesman reviewed the history of investigations into the possible Marian apparitions of Medjugorje, noting that they began on a diocesan level. When it was seen that the “phenomenon was broader than the diocese,” it was passed on to the episcopal conference of the former Yugoslavia, which, he noted, no longer exists.
The commissions at those levels never came to a conclusion on the question of whether or not the alleged apparitions are supernatural, so the bishops of Bosnia and Herzegovina have asked the CDF to take over investigations, the Vatican spokesman explained.
As the commission carries out their activities, Fr Lombardi continued, they will decide whether or not to communicate information regarding their findings. Nevertheless, it can be assumed that it will be a “very discreet” project “given the sensitivity of the subject,” he remarked.
Speaking in Italian, he said to expect that investigations will take “a good while” to reach their completion and emphasized that the results of the commission’s activities will be submitted to the CDF, under whose mandate they are operating. The commission will only offer their technical findings to the Congregation, which in turn will “make decisions on the case.”
For now, the composition of the commission is “reserved,” as is the method they will pursue in their investigations, Fr Lombardi said in closing.