Where is Jesus? The Child, my Lady!... where is He?
Mary is crying. In vain you and I have run from group to group, from caravan to caravan: no one has seen Him. Joseph, after useless attempts to keep from crying, cries too... And You... And I.
Being a common little servant, I cry my eyes out and wail to heaven and earth... to make up for those times when I lost Him through my own fault and did not cry.
Jesus: may I never lose Thee again... Then you and I are united in misfortune and grief, as we were united in sin. And from the depth of our being come moans of heartfelt sorrow and burning phrases that the pen cannot and should not record.
And, as we are consoled by the joy of finding Jesus three days He was gone! debating with the doctors of Israel (Luke 2:46), your soul and mine will be left deeply impressed by the duty to leave our home and family to serve our heavenly Father.