“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Luke 2:45-46

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TODAY’S WORD…

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When His parents couldn’t find Jesus, they went back to Jerusalem to search for Him there.

Three days later they finally discovered Him in the Temple…

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– Luke 2:45-46 (NLT)

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REFLECTION…

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Mary and Joseph thought they had lost Jesus,

but it was through no fault of their own.

Mary and Joseph did not lose Jesus:

it was He who went away from them.

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Our case is different – Jesus never abandons us.

It is we who lose Him,

who cast Him away from our side

through a lack of a spirit of mortification and sacrifice,

through sin,

or at least keep Him at a distance through lukewarmness.

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That is when our life without Jesus is left in darkness.

When we find ourselves in this darkness

we have to react immediately and look for Him.

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We need to know who can and should know where Our Lord is.

The Mother of God

who looked for her Son so anxiously when He was lost through no fault of her own,

and experienced such great joy in finding Him,

will help us to retrace our steps and put right whatever may be necessary

when, because of our carelessness or our sins, we have been unable to recognise Christ.

With her help, we will know the happiness of holding Him in our arms once more

and telling Him we will never lose Him again.(St Josemaria Escriva)

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Lord, now that I have found You, I never want to be apart from You again.

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Note: The main source of today’s REFLECTION is the seven-volume work

“In Conversation with God” by Padre Francisco Fernández Carvajal.

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