Monday, December 17

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Joyful Mystery, the Finding in the Temple. “When Jesus was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast.” Luke 2:42. Passover. Boys are automatically bar mitzvah when they are 13 years and one day old. Its part of growing up, of becoming an adult. Here Jesus is 12, still a child. But big enough now to go up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover and part of that meant to make sacrifice. For a minute, with sacrifice and a joyful mystery in mind, think about Jesus. He knew why He was here, here in this world. His purpose was to provide a Passover lamb just like Abraham told Issac God would. Genesis 22:8. And here was that promised Sacrificial Lamb. But no one saw Him for what He was. They just saw a little 12-year-old boy. But Jesus saw His mission and His Father’s House. And I believe He felt Joy. We tend to dwell, I think, on the sorrow involved in the sacrifice of Christ. But that’s only half of it. Jesus knew all about both sides of that coin. As He stood there in the Temple He knew that sins would be forgiven, and He saw blind people see, and lame people walk, and He saw the dead raised to life. He saw His creation, you and me, those He loved, given an opportunity to live again with a life like He meant for us to have all along. He stayed behind there in the Temple after the rest had headed back home. Why? Perhaps to continue in the joy as an example to us. We’re to follow Him. In following we think of bearing our cross in life like He did. Turn the coin over and look at the other side. See yourself walking through life with no burden at all because of His Sacrifice. And, with Him and in Him, know the joy.

Today … St. Wivina was a Benedictine abbess. Before that she was a hermitess. Ever notice how many saints started out their religious “career” as loners? Maybe being alone, without distractions, puts things in perspective. Maybe things being in proper perspective puts God first. Probably there is, rather than loneliness, great joy in Him being first, where He should be.

Luke 15:7 … “I say to you, that even so there shall be joy in heaven upon one sinner that doth penance, more than upon ninety-nine just who need not penance.”

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