Friday, October 9, 2020

Meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary: The Finding of Jesus in the Temple


If you have recently joined me 🤗, I have been sharing simple meditations on the mysteries of the rosary, starting with the Joyful Mysteries. (For a great explanation of the history of the rosary look here 

Today I want to dwell on the 5th Joyful Mystery, the Finding of Jesus in the Temple (the story is found in Luke 2:41-52). When I was younger and prayed through this, I would think of those that are “lost” in my life. People I am praying for. And ask Our Lady to pray, that they would find their way back to Jesus in the temple. 

Then, something happened that brought this mystery closer to home for me. When my now 11 yr. old son, was very little, we lost him, not once, but 2 times at Disney world. The first time, we were exiting a show that just ended, (if you’ve ever been to Disney you know how chaotic this can be) he very quickly disappeared in the crowd. 

The second time he did the same thing, coming out of a ride. The parks were very crowded on that trip. Both times, I thought I would die. A small part of me knew he would be found, the rest was in a state of complete panic and desperation. Running from person to person asking if they had seen him. 

Thankfully the Disney crew were on top of it, communicating with each other very quickly and efficiently. The first time it was only a few minutes (but seemed an eternity) until he was found, the second time he was found talking to the staff in the nearby gift store, about all of his awesome siblings. But I knew immediately, oh, the agony Our Lady and St. Joseph endured, losing the child Jesus. And they had to wait 3 days! What tremendous anguish! But I’m certain Mary had faith, he would eventually be found. It just doesn’t keep you from the anxiety though. 

So I meditate and pray for, parents who have lost their children, people who are away from church, people who have simply lost faith period. And ask for that grace, to believe, and to hope, even while in the anguish of losing someone, or something. And finally, He is all our lost and lonely heart can be satisfied in. He is our final destination in every wandering journey. Mary can take our hand and lead us to her Son.

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