Luke 2:41-52 —

Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover.  And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival.  When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.  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.  When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him.  After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.  And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.  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.”  He said to them, “Why were you searching 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.

Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.  And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.


from Phil Auten, Minister of Visitation, Christian Church in WV

In the lesson for today we move quickly from the manger scene to  see Jesus as a preteen boy. Dr. Luke gives us our only glimpse of Jesus as a boy. We find Jesus discussing theology with the teachers of the law at the temple. The teachers were amazed with the depth of knowledge and understanding Jesus showed.

When Mary and Joseph first realized that Jesus was not with them they must like all parents been very frightened. We can only imagine how they felt when they found him at the temple. When he responded to their questions they did not understand. But they did not burst into a rage or did not try to make Jesus ashamed by their punishing words. Luke tells us that Mary held all these contemplatively in her heart.

Luke helps us to realize that Jesus grew up like any other young Jewish boy of that time. His Father in Heaven wanted Him to be truly human. We   give thanks to Luke for allowing us to see Jesus and to know that he was a normal boy.

Heavenly Father; Help as we seek to know you better.