Friday: December 27   

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 Daniel Harry, Community Christian Church, Beech Bottom

             We hear it all the time. Ask anyone and they will tell you:  “Christmas is about family.”

Of course, it isn’t.  Christmas is about the birth of Jesus. Luke’s scripture reminds us of the relative unimportance of the family. The boy Jesus gets left behind by his family when they depart Jerusalem. When they discover he’s missing, they find him in the Temple with the elders.  Jesus is surprised his parents didn’t know he would be about “his Father’s” business.

With that expression, Jesus establishes that Christmas is about family – but not the family we are thinking of.  It is about the family of God, of which all people are a part. The birth of Jesus makes possible the Christ event that saves the world, and makes us blood relatives in the blood of Christ.  In preparing for Christmas let us remember to include our greater family.

May our lives reflect a new way of living

in relationship with you and with your world, O God.


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