The Rosary,” wrote Blessed Pope John Paul II, “precisely because it starts with Mary’s own experience, is an exquisitely contemplative prayer. Without this contemplative dimension, it would lose its meaning.”
Pope Paul VI wrote that “without [this contemplation,] the Rosary is a body without a soul, and its recitation is in danger of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas and of going counter to the warning of Christ: ‘And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words’ (Mt 6:7).’”
Because of this, it is vital that Christians familiarize themselves with the Scriptures in order to meditate on the mysteries of the life of Christ.
Below is the fifth joyful mystery. To see other mysteries, click here.
The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52)
In the Gospel of Luke we read of the 12 year old Jesus being taken to Jerusalem for the Passover. Once the feast was over Joseph and Mary were returning home, “thinking Jesus was with their caravan of Galilean pilgrims.”
Joseph and Mary returned to Jerusalem to look for Jesus and found him, three days later, in the temple, “sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions” (2:46).
In his commentary on St. Luke, St. Ambrose notes that the finding of Jesus in the temple prefigures his resurrection. Just as the confusion and fear Mary and Joseph experienced for the three days their son was missing gave way to joy at his finding, so the confusion and fear which the apostles experienced on Good Friday gave way to joy when he rose from death three days later.
In this mystery we see Jesus instructing his parents on how their role as parents needs to be subordinate to his Heavenly Father’s will.” This mystery challenges us to review our earthly relationships to see whether we are guilty of placing them before the will of God. Our Lord warns us, “He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:37).