August 9, 2022     2:57 pm
35. Week of Sunday after Christmas - Saturday
I must be about my Father's business
          The Lord whom you seek shall suddenly come to His temple   Malachi 3:1
          The parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when Jesus was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the Child Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and His mother did not know about it. But they, supposing Him to be in the company, went a days journey; and they looked for Him among their relatives and friends. And when they could not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, looking for Him. And after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the learned scholars, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. And when they saw Him, they were amazed. And His mother said to Him: "Son, why have You dealt with us in this way? Behold, Your father and I have looked for You with tears." And He said to them: "How is it that you searched for me? Didn't you know that I must be about my Father's business." But they did not understand what He was saying to them. And He went with them, and came to Nazareth, and remained an obedient Child to them. But his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (Luke 2:41-52.)
          This is the only story we have of Jesus' youth. We here see a ray of His divine glory shining forth from His voluntary lowliness. "Didn't you know that I must be about my Father's business?" He said, being the only-begotten Son of the Father. So in Him there had come to His temple the Lord for whom they had waited, whom they had sought for so long. In this light you must know the Child Jesus.
          PRAYER: - Jesus, Jesus, You poor infant in the manger, You obedient Son of Your lowly parents, who took upon Yourself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men, and being found in fashion as a man, humbled Yourself and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross: You are nevertheless the Lord, the true God, begotten of the Father from eternity. I thank You that You great Lord, became man, a lowly man, and saved us miserable sinners. Grant, O Lord, that I may know You properly, and in true faith may call You my Lord and Saviour until I shall behold You in Your great glory. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     2:57 pm