Gospel – 6/20/20 – Luke 2:41-51
Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,
and when he was twelve years old,
they went up according to festival custom.
After they had completed its days, as they were returning,
the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,
but his parents did not know it.
Thinking that he was in the caravan,
they journeyed for a day
and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
but not finding him,
they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting in the midst of the teachers,
listening to them and asking them questions,
and all who heard him were astounded
at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him,
they were astonished,
and his mother said to him,
“Son, why have you done this to us?
Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”
And he said to them,
“Why were you looking for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
But they did not understand what he said to them.
He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and was obedient to them;
and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
“. . . and his mother kept all these things in her heart.”
Remember that young woman who said yes? She’s now 12 years into her mission. She is the mother of God Incarnate and she’s beginning to understand what that means.
This child of hers is beginning to do things that draw attention.
Imagine the tension – Mother vs. believer.
As a mother she would want to keep him safe. As a believer she wants him to be God.
He wants to put her at ease so he says, this place – my father’s house – is where you’ll find me.
But for now, I’ll let that be and will be obedient to you – for now.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…