The Loss of Jesus in the Temple for Three Days
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.
Pray one Our Father and 7 Hail Marys after meditating on the Dolor
Some writers assert, and not without reason, that this dolor
was not only one of the greatest, but that it was the greatest
and most painful of all. For in the first place, Mary in her
other dolors had Jesus with her; she suffered when St.
Simeon uttered the prophecy in the temple; she suffered in
the flight to Egypt, but always with Jesus; but in this dolor
she suffered at a distance from Jesus, without knowing
where he was: "And the light of my eyes itself is not with
me." Thus, with tears, she then exclaimed: "Ah, the light of
my eyes, my dear Jesus, is not more with me; he is far from
me. I know not where he is!"
The Lord is good to the soul that seeketh him.
Make me to seek him as I ought to seek him.
Thou art the gate through which all find Jesus;
through thee I too hope to find him.
Song of Songs 3:3
Unhappy and truly wretched are those souls who have
lost God. If Mary wept for the absence of her Son for
three days, how ought sinners to weep who have lost
divine grace, to whom God says: “You are not my
people, and I will not be yours.” For sin does this,
namely, it separates the soul from God: “Your iniquities
have divided between you and your God.” Hence, if even
sinners possess all the goods of earth and have lost God,
every thing on earth becomes vanity and affliction to
them, as Solomon confessed: “Behold, all is vanity and
vexation of spirit.” But as St. Augustine says: The
greatest misfortune of these poor blind souls is, that
if they lose an ox, they do not fail to go in search of
it; if they lose a sheep, they use all diligence to find
it; if they lose a beast of burden, they cannot rest,
but they lose the highest good, which is God, and yet
they eat and drink, and take their rest.
V. Incline unto my aid, O God!
R. O Lord, make haste to help me!
Pray Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning is
now and ever shall be world without end, Amen
I am compassionate to thee, O sorrowful Mother Mary, on account of that anxiety which thy
worried heart endured in the loss of thy beloved Child Jesus. O dearest Mother, through this thy
exceedingly troubled heart, implore for me the Virtue of Chastity and the Gift of Knowledge.
Pray one Hail Mary
The Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Third Sorrow - The Loss of Jesus in the Temple for Three Days
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