Reflection on Luke 2:41-51A:
If our Christian bearings point us towards the Father’s house how can we ever be lost? When I was a teenager, I got lost running though forest trails for a high school sport of cross-country running. My parents starting looking for me because I was four hours late. However, I knew what to do, I went to the tallest hill, climbed a tree to get my bearings and walked straight to where they were. Couldn’t that be that what Jesus is asking of us in this story?
Luke 2 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
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.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 2:41-51A.