The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are five mysteries that we meditate on regarding Jesus’s early life. The Fifth Joyful Mystery: Finding Jesus in the Temple. Luke 2:41-51
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.
A few years ago, our family went to a outdoor winter festival in a small town near where we lived. Our then youngest daughter was about six at the time. While we were walking back to our vehicle she was kind of skipping along and walking ahead of us. My wife and I kept calling for her to slow down and come back and stay close. However in just a split second, she disappeared.
We started calling her name. We had simply turned our heads for just a moment, a bunch of people walked in front of us, and she vanished. For a fraction of a second, you think the worst. But then you start thinking well this is small town Minnesota. These kind of things just don’t happen here. Then you begin to doubt that and panic sets in. My wife and our two boys split up looking for her and we would stay in contact by phone and or meet at our vehicle. For any parent that has lost a child in a store, or a crowd of people, you know what it feels like to both lose them, and to find them. Ultimately our daughter was found. She was quite upset herself after being separated from us. She learned a valuable lesson that night, as did my wife and I. I confess I have a temper. I get easily worked up. I get mad. these are all things I work on daily with God’s help. And yes, as I was searching for my daughter that night, my emotions were getting the best of me. Should anyone lay a hand on her, their family would most likely be planning a funeral. Should I find my daughter safe and she had just gotten lost, she would have heard from me about how important it is to stay close to your family.
When she was found though. All those emotions were forgotten. The joy of finding my lost daughter quickly suppressed any anger I had in her wandering off. After the reunion was over, then she got the lecture of her life from her mother and I.
Any parent who’s lost a child can relate to what Joseph and Mary went through realizing they had lost their son, the panic of searching for him, and the joy of finding him.
For those who are spiritually lost, what joy can fill their lives more than finding Christ and letting Christ Jesus work through their lives? If you turley let Christ into your life, you will feel the same joy as a parent who has lost a child and has been reunited with them.
Prayer: Oh my Jesus, help those who are lost and wandering without you in their lives. Grant to them the Grace to find you and to let you fill their lives with a joy that only you can bring to the world. Amen