Father Timothy Mulcahey, LC
Each year Jesus’
parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and
when he was twelve years old, they went up according
to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as
they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,
but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he
was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and
looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not
finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the Temple, sitting
in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and
asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded
at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw
him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him,
"Son, why have you done this to us? Your father
and I have been looking for you with great anxiety."
And he said to them, "Why were you looking for
me? Did you not know that I must be in
my Father´s house?" But they did not understand what he
said to them. He went down with them and came
to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother
kept all these things in her heart.
Introductory Prayer: Dearest
Mother Mary, Christ your Son learned to love from your
loving example. Teach me to love in the same way.
Instruct me in the way of your virtues. Help me
to make use of every opportunity to grow in them.
Never let me miss the opportunities life gives me to
love and form myself in virtue. I always want to
love the way you love.
Petition:Mary, my Mother, help me
be your faithful child. Bring me to your son.
Everything Is Clear From the Outset: Mary has a mother’s
heart that wants to love the loves of her Son.
For Mary the road was not always clear. There would
be many trials and difficulties. Nevertheless, Mary is resolved to
follow her Son. She wants to follow him, understanding the
mission. She cares for him in every way – even
spiritually. There were many surprises in store for her as
Christ matured and prepared for his mission. She never expected
this one: losing her son for three days, at such
an early age. Her son desired to be in his
Father’s house and prepare his work. He loved being there
and was preparing for the day when he would go
out and actively do the work he had been sent
to complete. Mary too was preparing for that day and
Christ helped her get ready.
2. She Stored All These Things
Up In Her Heart: It was hard for Mary to
understand the full meaning of this moment. Being a woman
of prayer and contemplation, she stored all these things up
in her heart where she could recall them, reflect on
them and compare them to other moments of her mission.
What did all this mean? What did it point to?
God’s plan would only reveal itself with time and Mary
would be ready for it. It was not so much
understanding that she needed but rather acceptance and fidelity to
complete it. Mary had a contemplative heart that sought to
unite itself and identify itself to the mission of her
Son. She knew that she had a part to play
in that mission and that she would need to prepare
herself for it through prayer.
3. Take Mary’s Hand: We will
never understand the purpose and meaning of our life unless
we pray and contemplate like Mary did. It takes time,
patience and a great deal of simplicity and trust. “Blessed
is she that believed that the promises made to her
would be fulfilled!” exclaims her cousin Elizabeth after the annunciation
by the angel Gabriel. We are blessed when we can
believe. It may take a long time to see the
fulfillment of God’s designs in our lives too. We need
to be like Mary and follow through by faithfully walking
the path that is marked out for us. It can
be a path that is not clear. We don’t need
to know all of what lies ahead – just where
we need to walk. Mary identified with her Son’s mission
with her whole heart. She invites us to identify with
it too. She will not fail to take you by
the hand and lead you along that unclear, difficult and
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus Christ, when you
had already given us everything – your life, your love,
your Body and Blood in the Eucharist – from the
cross you gave us the gift of your Mother. I
thank you for this great gift. I want to be
her faithful child. I want to imitate all her virtues,
especially her faithfulness to you up to and beyond the
moment of the cross. Grant me the grace to accompany
both you and your mother at the foot of the
cross. I want to follow you closely and perfectly as
Mary did. I want to belong only to you and
do only your will.
Resolution:I will ask Mary to shape
all Christian virtues in me by my daily prayer to
her in the Rosary. I will also make a special
visit to her at one of her statues or images