The Third Sorrow
3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple: “And having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the Child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and His parents knew it not. And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day’s journey, and sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And not finding Him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking Him.” Luke II, 43-45.
Dear Little hearts,
LOSS is something we have all experienced and all understand, loss through bereavement, separation, sin…. the hearts response is always to want union, reunion with that which is parted. We can have this experience in prayer too, when all seems loss, empty and dark, but within it all and all these emotions, experiences is God.
But here we are talking about the loss of a child, what a searing pain that is for any parent, mother and father…. flesh of our flesh….. lost…immediately the human mind can create a million threatening situations that the child could potentially be in…. yes we understand loss.
And in recent years the tragic case of Madeleine McCann in which any one who reads the papers or uses internet technology, knows and knew about this disappearance. How much more did Mary, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the purest and most perfect of mothers feel? And what a revelation it was at the end to find him in the Temple discoursing with the doctors! “Did you not know that I was in My Fathers house?”
Love Mary! She is loveable, faithful, constant. She will never let herself be outdone in love, but will ever remain supreme. If you are in danger, she will hasten to free you. If you are troubled, she will console you. If you are sick, she will bring you relief. If you are in need, she will help you. She does not look to see what kind of person you have been. She simply comes to a heart that wants to love her.