“Joyful Mysteries”… easy to say! Joy for finding Jesus in the Temple, without a doubt, but not without the pain of separation: “Son, why have you treated us like this?” (Lc 2,48).
“Why were you searching for me?” (Lc 2,49) : Joy from being reunited, for sure, but not without the heartbreak from misunderstanding.
Jesus Christ’s sufferings are not limited to Gethsemane. The powerful depth movement, the irrepressible desire to be with His Father do not lure Jesus away from living in Nazareth. “He was obedient to them” (Lc 2,51). Jesus did learn about most of his fight with Joseph and Mary: “yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Lc 22,42).
Saint Joseph, we entrust you our lent. It is a path of joy we start with the Ash Ceremony. It is the time of detachment from self, and union with the Son.
Teach us the renunciation to any own will.