41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:41-52
In today’s reading from Luke’s Gospel, we find Mary and Joseph, looking for your preteen son on your road trip home from the Passover festival in Jerusalem. It appears that Jesus is acting kind of like a typical child, taking off and doing his own thing. They were probably somewhat astonished to find him with the teachers in the temple !! Jesus was no longer the small child in their arms – he was growing up, and he was understanding what He needed to be doing ( v.49)
Let us pray : Father God, indeed we see Jesus is growing, both in age and His desire to be doing the work You desire Him to do. It is important for us to be working here for You as well – help us to good teachers to our young ones, help us to help them grow in the knowledge of Your love for this world, Your grace for us all, and how important Your gift of Jesus to the world truly is. We pray all this in our Savior’s blessed name…….Amen.
Yours in Christ , Rollie