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Thursday, 04 October 2018 06:00

The finding of Our Lord in the temple

I with my own experience know the pain of a mother when she loses her son, through the pain and agony of my mother when she lost her only beloved son. When I think about these events, I can’t help but sympathize with Mary as a mother. Her child has run off, and she doesn’t know where he is, for three days!

Of course, as any good mother would, Mary is freaking out. She wants to know why Jesus has put her through this. I can’t possibly understand the extent of her and Joseph’s terror: they have lost not only their child, but their Messiah! Can you imagine the worst case scenarios going through their heads? They’ve lost their Lord. Has he perished? Will they ever be able to find him again? Have they ruined God’s master plan and will He strike them dead in anger? They felt like this for three days.

There’s another time when Christ was lost for three days, his followers terror striken and alone. He was buried, leaving the disciples to wonder if God’s plan had been thwarted or if there was any hope left for anyone. Again, I can only imagine the despair they felt. Talk about the dark night of the soul!

Finding Our Lord in the temple after three days seems to me a clear foreshadowing of his resurrection. It is the unknown hope we are desperate for, and that God has planned all along. It is the dawn to end our dark night, which we never understood was possible. I think maybe everyone goes through dark times, feeling abandoned and alone and completely hopeless. Meditating on this mystery teaches me that God has a plan in our sufferings, that He is always in control, and that He will bring us out of the darkness in good time, whether we can see it or not.

Dear Lord, God almighty, let me remember with great joy the times I have found Jesus after I had gone astray.

Thank you for your great example of doing the will of your Father, so I in turn can follow your perfect example.

Grant me that in all my quests for knowledge and peace, I may never suffer the loss of Jesus, the only source of true peace. Amen
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