The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
by Fr. Peter deSousa
Read Luke 2 verses 41 to 52 after praying to the Holy Spirit to
enlighten us how we can live this mystery in our lives.
When I was four years old I was lost in the zoo. We had all gone to
Victoria Gardens to see the animals. I suddenly found myself
separated from the rest of the family and made a mad dash for the
gate. I was nearly trampled by an elephant that was giving rides to
people as I ran across in front of it. At the gate I was found by our
driver who held me in his arms. It was a great moment of
relief and security to be embraced in his comforting arms.
Later on in the Novitiate, when I read the story of the prodigal son
being embraced by his Father in Luke 15 and the Father said: "This
son of mine was dead and now he is alive; he was lost and now he has
been found," I remembered that scene 17 years earlier. Only now God
had found me and brought me back to himself in sincere repentance to
live as his beloved son.
This "finding" has recurred several times in
my life, when I stray away from God and return to meet him in the
sacrament of confession or in fervent prayer or in accepting the Good
News. It is an ongoing story of my life and keeps me humble, lest I
grow complacent. It also makes me more accepting of others in their
human frailty as they come to receive salvation from a waiting God who
Oftentimes we do not understand God's plans as they unfold at the
time, like Mary and Joseph when they lost Jesus on their way back from
Jerusalem. When they discovered him in the Temple they told him of
their sorrow. Only later would they understand what he meant by "being
in his Father's house". Parents have many plans for their children.
God is also our parent and He has plans for each of his children.
We do not always understand our Heavenly Father's plans at the time.
Perhaps later on we see how that child' life changed dramatically
because of an accident, a failure, a sickness, an operation. Life took
on another direction from what the parents had planned. But God does
have a plan for each one of His children. It may take years to be
realized. In His time, He makes all things beautiful.
So let us also say "Thy will be done. They kingdom come! as we wait
for the unfolding of God's plan and will for each of his children.
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