Bible Passage related to the Mystery: Luke 2:41-52 NABRE
Each year his 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; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favour before God and man.
Reflection and Life sharing:
Mother Mary and St. Joseph on their return from Jerusalem, after the feast of Passover, realised that Jesus was missing. The pain of losing their only child is beyond words. But the joy and relief, they experienced on finding Jesus in the temple, must have been greater than the pain they experienced on losing Him. In our daily lives, all of us go through challenges and suffering. It can be a sickness, financial crisis, challenges at the workplace, etc. In my life, I went through a painful sickness. I took a long time to recover from it. I sought God to strengthen me and He did strengthen me through it all. Also at my workplace, I was asked to do something that required good drawing skills. I was a person who considered myself as zero an art. Hence, drawing skillfully was beyond my imagination. But being put in a situation and having absolutely no time even to learn the skill, I had to seek God in a panic! What happened next was only a miracle. I was able to draw what I was asked. I am so convinced, it was not my doing, but God did come to my rescue when I sought Him.
“…for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
~ Hebrews 11:6 NABRE
Today we see people trying to find joy from what the world has to offer. It can be a bad company, relationships, gadgets, unhealthy habits, etc. But we know, none of these will give us joy. It is only in seeking Jesus and finding Him, that we experience the joy, which is everlasting. Mother Mary teaches us to seek Him, and not to be discouraged in any situation.
- Do I seek Jesus, in every situation, be it anxiety, fear or sickness?
- Do I seek the will of God, before taking any decision?
- When things go wrong, do I trust in God, or blame God?
Prayer: (taken from prayer of St Augustine)
Father, I am seeking: I am hesitant and uncertain, but will you, O God, watch over each step of mine and guide me. Merciful Jesus, grant me the grace to seek you always like Mother Mary and to experience the joy in finding you. May I experience your presence every moment of my life. Amen
“Yet when you seek the LORD, your God, from there, you shall indeed find him if you search after him with all your heart and soul.”
~ Deuteronomy 4:29 NABRE
Virtue to learn from Mother Mary for the day: To seek Him