Each year Jesus’ 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?”
But they did not understand what he said to them.
He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and was obedient to them;
and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
“Tell everyone that Our Lord grants us all graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. That all must make their petitions to her. That the Sacred Heart of Jesus desires that the Immaculate Heart of Mary be venerated. Tell them that they should ask for peace from the Immaculate Heart of Mary as God had placed it in her hands.” – St. Jacinta to Lucia of Fatima.
Prayer of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
O Immaculate Heart of Mary show Your Love toward us. May the flame of Your Heart, O Mary, descend on all mankind. We love You so. Impress true love in our hearts so that we have a continuous desire for You. O Mary, Humble and meek of heart, remember us when we are in sin. You know that all men sin. Give us, by means of Your Immaculate Heart, spiritual health. Let us always see the goodness of Your Maternal heart and may we be converted by means of the flame of Your Heart. Amen.
(Given by Our Lady of Medjugorje to locutionary Jelena Vasilj, 28th November, 1983.)