Thought for the Day – 24 March – Jesus Lost in the Temple

Thought for the Day – 24 March – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

Jesus Lost in the Temple

“Now, let us reflect on the anguish of Mary and Joseph over the loss of Jesus.
They had no peace as long as they could not find Him.
They set out immediately on the difficult return journey to Jerusalem and searched anxiously for three days.
They did not rest until they had found Him at last.

Unfortunately, we too lose Jesus whenever we commit sin.
Our Lord dwells in our souls by His grace but, if we sin seriously, the devil takes possession.
We know well that the devil is a cunning tyrant.
He entices us by every means in his power, to give free play to our passions and then leaves us in a state of bitterness and remorse.
Sometimes he oppresses us to the point of desperation.

If ever we should fall and lose the grace of God, let us repent immediately with the words of the prodigal son “I will get up and go to my Father and will say to Him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before Thee” (Lk 15:18).
Like the Blessed Virgin and St Joseph, let us go immediately in search of Jesus, Whom we have lost.
We shall have no peace until we have found Him.
We too shall find Him in the Temple, for we shall find Him in prayer, in the tribunal of Penance and in Holy Communion.

Antonio Cardinal Bacci




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