Pause before you begin your retreat. Take a few deep breaths and be aware of God's loving presence with you.
After three days they found him [Jesus] in the temple . . . He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before God and man.
At 12 years of age, Jesus was a faithful child who knew and followed he Ten Commandments. His interest in Scripture was enhanced by his discussion with the rabbis in the Temple. When everyone else headed for home, he stayed behind. Later, when found by his parents, he showed his love and obedience to the Commandments and to his parents by obeying them.
How do I strive to follow the Ten Commandments?
In what ways am I being called to grow in wisdom, age, and grace?
(Speak to Jesus using this prayer or one of your own.)
Jesus, lead me to love the law of God, teach me to be obedient and to help the children advance in wisdom and age and grace before God and others.