The parents of Jesus used to go every year to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover… and as they were returning at the end of the feast, the child Jesus remained behind unknown to his parents. Thinking he was in the party, they continued their journey for a day, looking for him among their relatives. Not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem in search of him. On the third day they came upon him in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. All who heard him were amazed at his intelligence and his answers. His Mother said to him” “Son, why have you done this to us? You see that your father and I have been searching for you in sorrow.” He said to them: “Why did you search for me? Did you not know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not grasp what he said to them.
Sharing the Mission
In his great joy Frederic wrote about his first-born, Marie, his observations proclaiming the unconscious apostolate of children, which, in God’s providence is to make parents richer and stronger spiritually. “We will begin her education early,” wrote Frederic, “and at the same time, she will begin ours; for I perceive that Heaven has sent her to us to teach us
a great deal, and to make us better. I cannot look upon that face, so full of innocence and purity, without seeing the sacred impression of the Creator...How could I dare teach her lessons that I did not practice? Could God have found a kinder way of instructing me, of correcting me, of setting my feet on the road to heaven?”
(Leader) Jesus, thank you for the children who have touched our lives,
(Together) may they grow in age, wisdom and grace. (Leader) Jesus, thank you especially for grandchildren, (Together) may they grow in age, wisdom and grace.
(Leader) Jesus, thank you for “instructing and correcting us” through children,
(Together) may we all grow in age, wisdom and grace. (Together) Amen.