Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospel Readings for the day. Here is Luke 2:41-52 with a loving message behind it.
Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast
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 Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor
before God and man.
This takes place shortly after the Annunciation, the Visitation and Presentation of Jesus in the temple. At age 12, Jesus astonished the teachers of the temple with His inherent knowledge, wisdom and understanding in his questions and answers. When Mary and Joseph do find Jesus in the temple, they, like most parents searching for their child, are a little anxious in not locating Him for three days. Jesus, like all responses, calms them with a revealing of His Holy purpose and of his Heavenly Father. Even though they didn’t quite understand, Jesus wished his earth parents peace and remained obedient to them, thus setting an example for all children of God. Mary kept all of these things in her most blessed Immaculate Heart.
Love is always the answer and the Holy Family can help us all grow in love and gentleness with each other. We can ask the Holy Family for their prayers for our own families. We can ask them to help each of our family members, in prayer, in love and in Divine assistance. The Holy Family, is happy to do so.
The angels said, “This is a question worth asking.”