Joyful Mysteries: The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple


In this month of the Holy Rosary, we are pleased to introduce our new series of short reflections, ‘A Minute with Mary’. For the month of October Paul will cover each of the mysteries of the Holy Rosary.

TFinding the Child Jesus in the Templehe Fifth Joyful Mystery: the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

And it came to pass after three days, that they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. (Luke 2:46) 

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The story of Jesus going missing as a child calls us to enter deeply and trust in the mysterious ways of God. Mary and Joseph could not understand why Jesus had gone missing, but in some mysterious way the Father wanted to give Mary and Joseph a further opportunity to grow in grace and virtue by surrendering and trusting everything to Him – even their precious Child.

For three days Jesus was missing. Later in life Jesus would again reveal Himself on the third day. Mary and Joseph eventually found Jesus in the temple – in His Father’s house, doing the will of His Father. Mary pondered God’s mysteries in her heart.

Let us too ponder the often mysterious ways that God works in our lives but always at the same time trusting in His perfect love. Remember also, this Scripture reminds us that when we want to find Jesus, we find Him in His Church – we find Him in the Eucharist!


About Author

Paul Elarde is passionate about responding to Blessed John Paul II’s call to the New Evangelisation. He has presented faith talks to young adult groups and parishes around Sydney for the past nine years and led groups on pilgrimage to many Marian Shrines in Europe. Paul has worked for the Sydney Archdiocese as coordinator for the pastoral aspects of the visit of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati’s incorrupt body for WYD08, and on the leadership team for the Sydney Archdiocesan Youth Leaders Formation Courses. He has studied theology and is a graduate from The University of Notre Dame in Sydney.

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