Reflection on Luke 2:41-52 ~
When I was a teenager, I was lost briefly during training practice for long-distance running for a high school cross country sport. This involved unmarked running trails through a forest. My family started looking for me because I was four hours late. However, I knew exactly what to do to get my bearings. I went to the tallest hill and climbed a tree. From there, I could see the school and walked straight to my concerned parents. Isn’t that what Jesus as a boy is teaching us in this story? How can we ever be lost if we get our bearings pointed towards “the Father’s house“?
Luke 2:41-52 – Scripture (NRSC Bible)
The Boy Jesus in the Temple
41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43 When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. 44 Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” 49 He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”50 But they did not understand what he said to them. 51 Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite the world’s distractions.
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