Looking for Jesus
Intent: That all may earnestly seek to find Our Lord, and for the souls in purgatory—that they may come to the end of their purification and find our Lord in His glory.
Many people, realizing that worldly things cannot satisfy their soul (read the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible), have turned to the spiritual world for fulfillment. Unfortunately in this post-Christian era, many of these “seekers” are increasingly turning to non-Christian religions and philosophies. The apostle Paul warned the Colossians: “See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to human tradition, according to the elemental powers of the world and not according to Christ” (Col 2:8). Since none of these “empty and seductive” philosophies and religions is based on the truth of Christ, these people will never find in them what they are looking for. The desire of every human soul is to be with God. We pray for all people who are earnestly searching for truth—searching for God. We pray that they will abandon all other empty and seductive philosophies and accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We pray that they will ultimately find Our Lord in His Holy Church, in the Holy Scriptures, and in the most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:41-49).