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The Gospel of St. Luke tells of one particular trip when the twelve year old Jesus remains behind in Jerusalem. Mary and Joseph don’t know this however. Mary thinks Jesus is with Joseph and Joseph thinks He is with Mary. This could easily happen because the women and men would travel in separate groups and Jesus was at the age when he could be either with His father or His mother.
Mary and Joseph do not notice He is missing until an entire day passes. Can you imagine the anxiety they felt? They lost the Christ Child. When realizing He is not with either of them, they look for Him among their family and friends. Much to their sorrow, they do not find Him so they quickly return to Jerusalem.
After three days, their anxiety turns to joy when they find Jesus “sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his wisdom”. -Luke 2:46-47
Mary asks Him, “Son, why hast thou done so to us? behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.” -Luke 2:48
The child Jesus replies, “How is it that you sought me? did you not know, that I must be about my father’s business?” -Luke 2:49
Ones again Mary does not fully understand but she humbly accepts what He says to her. Jesus goes on to set a wonderful example. Jesus, the King of Kings, goes home and is obedient to them.
Peace will penetrate your life when you follow the example of Jesus here and you become obedient first to God, then to Church authority and lastly to civil authority.
Remember,“render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s: and to God the things that are God’s” -Luke 20:25
Just as she did at the Nativity, Mary, His mother “kept all these words in her heart.” -Luke 2:51
“And Jesus advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men.” -Luke 2:52