The Joyful Mysteries
The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
My son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been terribly worried trying to find you!
A short meditation on the event
In the Jewish faith, the age of 12 marks the spiritual coming of age. Jesus began this new period of His life emphasizing, by some perplexing behaviour, that the rule of life of the believer, even at this young age, was to dedicate oneself seriously to the service of God.
This better allows us to understand how Mary was living the mystery of her son through her faith. How anguished His parents were! His disappearance in Jerusalem for three days, reminds us of the Passion and the death of Jesus in the same city.
Jesus thus prepares His mother for His last Passover by allowing her to reflect more deeply on the demands of her divine motherhood.
The drama was resolved with joy and thanksgiving: Jesus was lost and then found…
With the chapel at rue du Bac
During these three days, Mary suffered from this separation from Jesus. Catherine also, during five years, lived an exile. She came up against the opposition of her father who finally, because of her relentlessness, accepted her vocation. With great joy she entered the novitiate at the rue du Bac on the 21st April, 1830.
Graces for now
Mary and Joseph searched for Jesus with eagerness, faithfulness and through prayer, until they found Him. Let us ask for the grace of perserverance
Clausule: ..and Jesus, lost and found, the fruit of thy womb…
Inspiration: Happy is the Virgin Mary, carefully keeping the word of God and meditating on it in her heart!