Spiritual Crusade – Day 28

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This is day 28 of our 54 day spiritual crusade. Today’s rosary is the first of the fourth of our six novenas. From now on we are praying in thanksgiving for the extraordinary graces already granted through the Immaculate Heart. Please continue to pray with us. 

Intention: in thanksgiving for the graces received in response to the first three rosary novenas

Prayer: Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

A reflection on the Fifth Joyful Mystery – The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

“You know that our Saviour for the first thirty years of His earthly life lived under the same roof as His Mother. When He returned from Jerusalem at the age of twelve with her and St. Joseph, it is expressly said that He was subject to them. This is a very strong expression, but that subjection, that familiar family life, was not to last to the end. Even on the occasion upon which the Evangelist says that He was subject to them, He had said and done what emphatically conveyed to them that He had other duties. For He had left them and stayed in the Temple among the doctors, and when they expressed surprise, He answered, ‘Wist ye not that I ought to be in the things which are My Father’s?’ This was, I say, an anticipation of the time of His Ministry, when He was to leave His home. For thirty years He remained there, but, as He was steadily observant of His home duties, while they were His duties, so was He zealous about His Father’s work, when the time came for His performing it. When the time of His mission came, He left His home and His Mother and, dear as she was to Him, He put her aside.

“In the Old Testament the Levites are praised because they knew not father or mother, when duty to God came in the way. ‘Who said to his father and to his mother, I know you not, and to his brothers, I am ignorant of you’ (Deut. 33). ‘They knew not their children.’ If such was the conduct of the sacerdotal tribe under the Law, well did it become the great and one Priest of the New Covenant to give a pattern of that virtue which was found and rewarded in Levi. He too Himself has said, ‘He who loveth father or mother more than Me, is not worthy of Me.’ And He tells us that ‘every one who hath left home or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands for His name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold and shall possess eternal life’ (Matt. 19). It became then Him who gave the precept to set the example, and as He told his followers to leave all they had for the Kingdom’s sake, in His own Person to do all that He could, to leave all He had, to leave His home and His Mother, when He had to preach the Gospel.”

– Bl. John Henry Newman, “Our Lady in the Gospel”, Faith and Prejudice