Lk 2: 41-52
Every year, the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover, as was customary. And when Jesus was twelve years old, he went up with them, according to the custom of this feast. After the festival was over, they returned, but the boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and his parents did not know it.
They assumed that he was in their group of travelers, and, after walking the whole day, they looked for him among their relatives and friends. As they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem, searching for him; and, on the third day, they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions. And all the people were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
His parents were very surprised when they saw him; and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I were very worried while searching for you.” Then 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 this answer.
Jesus went down with them, returning to Nazareth, and he continued to be obedient to them. As for his mother, she kept all these things in her heart.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and age, and in divine and human favor.
READ: They found him (the child Jesus) in the temple, sitting among the teachers … people were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
REFLECT: One can receive the kingdom in an attitude of child-like trust in God, aware of not “deserving“ it.
PRAY: Let us continue to trust in God amidst the experience of powerlessness, weakness, absence of merit or achievement and receptivity.
ACT: Find ways to reach out to children who are victims of abuse, exploitation, violence and hunger.
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