Mysteries of Joy — 5.Finding

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins and save us from the fires of Hell.

Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.


Lord, Grant me the wisdom of obedience.

Our Father etc.

Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival.

Hail Mary etc.

When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.

Hail Mary etc.

Assuming that he was in the group of travellers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends.

Hail Mary etc.

When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him.

Hail Mary etc.

After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

Hail Mary etc.

 When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, ‘Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.’

Hail Mary etc.

He said to them, ‘Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’

Hail Mary etc.

But they did not understand what he said to them.

Hail Mary etc.

Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them.His mother treasured all these things in her heart.

Hail Mary etc.

And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favour.

Hail Mary etc.

 

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