Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary for Sports: The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple


The JOYFUL MYSTERIES of the Holy Rosary

Prayed on Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays of Advent; Sundays of Epiphany through Lent

5. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple at Jerusalem (Luke 2:41-52)

Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them. Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

Reflection: Think of a time you made a choice that made your coach unhappy. How did s/he react? Even when we feel justified for an action, healthy relationships mean we must communicate with the person in authority. Always show respect for coaches, administrators, officials and keep at the top of your mind that you represent your school community everywhere you go.

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