Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 7 January

Sunday Within the Octave of the Epiphany. Jesus in the Midst of the Doctors.

When He was twelve years old, Jesus would make known to His Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph that although His love and respect for them was so great, yet He placed the interests of His Heavenly Father above all. He remained, without their knowledge, in the Temple, where by His words of wisdom He amazed the Jewish doctors of the law. Thus He shows Himself as the Teacher and the Angel of Good Counsel. Saint Dominic, the champion and propagator of divine Truth, enlightened by a Christian instinct, proposes this scene from the Gospel as the subject of meditation for the fifth joyful mystery of the Rosary. In truth Jesus is and always will be for us “the Way, the Truth and the Life” (John 14:6). He who follows this Way need not fear to walk in darkness. O Jesus, Divine Teacher, grant that all youthful learners may seek Thee, contemplate Thee and imitate Thee as their perfect model. May they learn of Thee to listen with modesty, to reflect maturely, to refrain from harmful curiosity. Thus they will never leave the royal road of Truth, and they will succeed in extending her empire by pushing back the frontiers of treacherous heresy that destroy immortal souls.

Aspiration

“I have run in the way of Thy Commandments, O my God, when Thou hast enlarged my heart.” (Psalm 118) “Draw me and we will run after Thee in the odors of Thy perfumes.”

Practice

Interest yourself in the work of teaching catechism, pray for those engaged in it and try to join them.