Description:On this, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Gospel acclamation was ‘Blessed as the Virgin Mary who treasured the word of God and pondered it in her heart.’ The word of God is a treasure beyond all imagining and like every treasure, it’s something we discover or we are given and yet there is work to be done on it. In case of the word of God, it requires pondering, prayer, consideration, application and this is what Our Lady did and excelled in. Every word of God is a word of life and she kept this life in her heart. From her conception, she was already destined for the glory of God, to possess, to inherit the glory of God. The Prophet, Isaiah tells us, “I exhort to join the Lord, my soul, rejoices in God and my Saviour, for He has clothed me with the garments of Salvation. He was wrapped me in the cloak of integrity, like a bride dawn in her jewels.” The Lord indeed wrapped her in integrity, in as much as He created her for Himself and kept her safe for Himself, so that her heart could be in no other place than in the word of God, and the word of God could find no perfect place than in heart. The parents as we heard in the gospel of our Lord made the annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and in this case for the feast of the Passover. Our Lord is 12 years old, and as they went up to the feast, they celebrated it with the prerequisite to devotion. Our Lord of course knew that the Passover would be the moment that He Himself would satisfy all the expectations of the prophets. Where He, the lamb of God would Himself be offered… For Fr. Linus’ complete homily please listen to the Audio.