Memorial of The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Kings 19.19-21

So Elijah left and found
Elisha the son of Shaphat,
who was plowing,
with twelve yoke of oxen before him,
and he with the twelfth:
and Elijah passed over to him,
and threw his mantle on him.

He left the oxen, and ran after Elijah,
and said, “Please let me
kiss my father and my mother,
and then I will follow you.”
He said to him, “Go back again;
for what have I done to you?”

He returned from following him,
and took the yoke of oxen,
and killed them and boiled their flesh
using the yokes of the oxen,
and gave to the people, and they ate.
Then he arose
and went after Elijah and served him.

Responsorial – Psalm 16.1-2a+5, 7-8, 9-10 Resp. 5a

R. O Lord, you are my inheritance.

Preserve me, God, for in you do I take refuge.
My soul, you have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord.”
The Lord assigned my portion and my cup.
You made my lot secure.

R. O Lord, you are my inheritance.

I will bless the Lord, who has given me counsel.
Yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons.
I have set the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

R. O Lord, you are my inheritance.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices.
My body shall also dwell in safety.
For you will not leave my soul in Sheol,
nor will you allow your holy one to see corruption.

R. O Lord, you are my inheritance.

Gospel – Luke 2.41-51

Jesus’ parents went every year
to Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover.
When he was twelve years old,
they went up to Jerusalem
according to the custom of the feast,
and when they had fulfilled the days,
as they were returning,
the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem.

Joseph and his mother did not know it,
but supposing him to be in the company,
they went a day’s journey,
and they looked for him
among their relatives and acquaintances.
When they did not find him,
they returned to Jerusalem, looking for him.

After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting in the midst of the teachers,
both listening to them,
and asking them questions.
All who heard him
were amazed at his understanding
and his answers.

When they saw him, they were astonished,
and his mother said to him,
“Son, why have you treated us this way?
Behold, your father and I were anxiously looking for you.”
He said to them,
“Why were you looking for me?
Did you not know
that I must be in my Father’s house?”
They did not understand the saying
which he spoke to them.
And he went down with them,
and came to Nazareth.
He was obedient to them,
and his mother kept all this in her heart.

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