08 January 2010

5th Joyful: Joy in Finding Jesus

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The 5th Joyful Mystery: Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple

While his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends…After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers…His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” Luke 2:43-48

Let this mystery teach us joy in finding Jesus.

I have to be honest, it really seems to me like Jesus got a pass here he shouldn’t have. He really didn’t think that by staying behind he’d scare the living daylights out of his parents? He didn’t think they’d mind him just disappearing? Worrying them that way was not a very thoughtful thing to do!

There’s Mary, worried out of her mind after searching for three days, and this is his response: “Why were you searching for me? Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”

Well, no, actually, we didn’t know that! Why would we know that?!? You could have just said so before we left, instead of making us look for you for three days!!

Anybody else thinking they would have wanted to dish out some serious punishment if their sassy teenager had done this to them? (Who knows, maybe Mary and Joseph did!)

His boyhood thoughtlessness aside, there’s an important message in this mystery for the whole world: our worrying ceases when we find Jesus. Our hearts are anxiously searching for Him, and we are troubled and frightened until we find Him. There is joy in finding Jesus; there is worry and fear without Him. This is true for every soul that has ever lived whether they realize it or not. “Our hearts are restless, O Lord, until they rest in You.” St. Augustine

In every event of our day, in every encounter, every task, every challenge, every burden, every struggle, there will be joy once we find Jesus in it. We will be overcome with worry til we do. He is there with us in everything and He wants to be found. It only remains to be seen whether we will look for Him.

There are a hundred opportunities every day for me to look for Jesus in what I’m doing and what’s happening in my life. Too often, I simply don’t look. I’m too wrapped up in my own head, too caught up in a hectic schedule to stop and look. And so, I find stress and anxiety instead of joy. I find worry and fear instead of Jesus. Silly me.

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:13-14

Blessed Mary, ever patient Mother, teach me how to find Jesus… always… in everything.


mbrandon8026 said...

Good meditation Jennifer.

Jesus was like us in all things but sin. Seeming to be thoughtless towards your parents, in this case for a greater cause, was not sinful, but pretty dog gone stressful for Mom and Dad.

Like Mary and Joseph, we do not think of the higher ways of our Lord.

They sometimes thought of Him as just a kid.

We often times think of Him as not there, not caring, not aware that I AM DROWNING HERE. SOMEBODY HELP ME. And then, if we calm our troubled hearts with His Word, the same Word that was made flesh, when we let Him meet us where we are at, then that puddle we thought we were drowning in is shown for what it was, ankle deep holy water, not a raging flood at all.

Oh Glorious Salvation. The Word becomes flesh in our hearts, in our minds and joy of joys in our Spirit, and "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Michelle said...

I searched for the menaing of life for over a decade, and it wasn't until I started looking in the Church that I found it. This mystery has special meaning for me: like Mary and Joseph, I looked everywhere but where Christ was. I should have known he would be in his Father's house.

mbrandon8026 said...

It is Saturday morning, and I was eager to pray the Rosary this morning with Jennifer's 5 meditations on the Joyful mysteries. I created a post to help me do that.


Then I read, meditated on what I read, and prayed.

This rosary was not decaf.:} It was a rich full bodied blend with the finest of cream, and sweetest of sugar.

And you know what I am looking forward to. Well two tings actually.

First, on Monday when I pray the Joyful Mysteries again, I will read these readings and meditate on them another time.

Second, I can hardly wait for Jennifer to write meditations on the other 10 mysteries she hasn't done since I see there are meditations on the Sorrowful ones already over to the right there.


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