Life of Christ from His Twelfth to His Thirtieth Year.

Life of Christ from His Twelfth to His Thirtieth Year.

PRAYER BEFORE MEDITATION.

My God, I firmly believe that Thou art here present. I acknowledge that on account of my many sins I am utterly unworthy to appear before Thy sacred countenance. Yet, confiding in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, I venture to address Thee, to call upon Thy holy name, and meditate upon Thy commandments, in order that I may acquire a better knowledge of Thy holy will, and accomplish it with more fidelity. Wherefore enlighten my understanding that I may perceive what I ought to do or leave undone for the promotion of Thy glory and my own salvation; at the same time excite my will, that I may repent with my whole heart of my past sins, and resolve for the future to do all that Thou requirest of me. Grant me above all to know Jesus, my divine Teacher and Guide, more clearly, that I may love Him more dearly, and consequently labor, struggle and suffer with greater generosity and self-sacrifice in imitation of His example. Holy Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, show Jesus to me now, and let me study thy divine Son to the salvation of my soul. Holy Guardian Angel, keep far from me all distracting thoughts; my patron saint, come to my assistance. Amen.

Life of Christ from His Twelfth to His Thirtieth Year.

I. There is nothing said in the Gospel regarding the life of Christ from His twelfth to His thirtieth year, but simply that He was obedient to His parents, and increased in wisdom and age and grace before God and men. This silence is most instructive to us; it teaches us the necessity of the virtue of obedience and continual advancement in virtue. Esteem these virtues, then, and make them the constant study of your life.

II. It seems certain that Christ spent a great part of this time in high contemplation and conversation with His heavenly Father; for He who could afterward say to Martha that her sister Mary had chosen the better part, because she loved the exercise of contemplation, must have practised it Himself most perfectly. If David “praised the Lord seven times a day,” and at midnight rose “to confess to Him” (Ps. cviii. 164), with how much more reason may we suppose that Christ did? Learn, therefore, to become a man of prayer, and an interior man, both for your own sake and your neighbor’s good, and be convinced that the frequent exercise of prayer is the first and the most important duty of a Christian.

III. During the whole of this time our Lord concealed His superior knowledge from the world; He was considered as unlettered by all, and hence afterwards, “the Jews wondered, saying, How doth this man know letters, having never learned?” (John viii. 15.) They even said, “He is become mad” (Mark iii. 21), because he spoke in so wonderful a manner, and performed such surprising actions. Love, then, to be unknown and inconsiderable. “Believe me, He has lived well who has concealed himself.” Be not too forward in displaying your knowledge, although you may know more than others do. “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, and let not the strong man glory in his strength, and let not the rich man glory in his riches: but let him who glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me” (Jer. ix. 23), says the Lord.

PRAYER AFTER MEDITATION.

My God, I give Thee heartfelt thanks for all the graces and all the light Thou hast conferred on me during this meditation. Pardon me all the negligence and the distractions of which I have been guilty, and give me strength to carry out the resolutions that I have made. Fortify me, that from henceforth I may diligently practise this virtue . . . avoid this fault . . . perform this action . . . to Thy honor. Help me to do this, sweet Virgin Mary; and if I ever forget my good resolutions, I entreat my Angel Guardian to recall them to my memory. Amen.

Meditations for every Day in the Year by Rev. Roger Baxter, S.J. – 1884

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I solemnly entreat you, in the name of our Lord and Saviour, who has not only taught us obedience by word, but also by example, to love this virtue with all your heart.St. Ignatius of Loyola, Letter on Obedience.

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February Devotion: The Holy Trinity (also the Holy Family)

Virtue to practice: Humility

I vow and consecrate to God all that is in me: my memory and my actions to God the Father; my understanding and my words to God the Son; my will and my thoughts to God the Holy Ghost; my heart, my body, my tongue my senses and all my sorrows to the sacred Humanity of Jesus Christ, ‘who was contented to be betrayed into the hands of wicked men and to suffer the torment of the Cross.’ – St. Francis de Sales

An indulgence of 3 years.

A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if this act of oblation is devoutly repeated every day for a monh (S.P.Ap., Sept. 22, 1922 and May 12, 1934).

The faithful who devoutly offer any prayers in honor of the Most Holy Trinity with the intention of continuing them for nine successive days, may gain:

An indulgence of 7 years once each day:

A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions at the end of the novena (S.C. Ind., Aug. 8 1847; S.P. Ap., Mar. 18, 1932).

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Friday after the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.

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