Every year Joseph & Mary went to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival (41).
When Jesus was twelve years old, they went on this trip as usual. When the festival was over they started back home to Nazareth, but the boy Jesus stayed in Jerusalem. Joseph & Mary thought that Jesus was with relatives or friends traveling in their caravan. But when they started looking for Jesus they didn’t find him, so they went back to Jerusalem to look for him there.
After three days they finally found their son in the temple, sitting with the Jewish teachers, listening carefully to them and, in response, asking them quite complex questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his wisdom.
Joseph & Mary were astonished when they found Jesus, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been terribly worried trying to find you.”
Jesus answered them, “Why did you look for me in other places? Didn’t you realize that I must be here, in my father’s house?” Although Mary & Joseph didn’t really comprehend the full meaning of his answer, Mary treasured all these things in her heart & pondered them often.
Then Jesus went back with them to Nazareth, where he lived in willing & obedient submission to his parents. Jesus continued to grow, both in body and in wisdom, gaining favor with God & admiration among men.
Perfect Father, please help me to love serving You among Your people.
(41) Luke 2:41-52