'And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them and asking them questions. [Lk 2.46] Let us see what is meant by the three days, the temple, Jesus's sitting, the doctors, and his hearing and asking questions.

The three days represent understanding one's own wickedness, compassion for one's brother's need, and consideration and admiration of the divine pity.

The first is in the prophet Micah: When I sit in darkness, the Lord is my light. [Mic 7.8]'

St. Anthony of Padua