Thoughts: Mark tells us that Mary gave birth to at least six more children, possibly in rapid succession. The first twelve years of Jesus’ life were undoubtedly busy and perhaps anxious times for Mary. She was ever mindful that the care of the Son of God had been entrusted to Joseph and her.
Nothing is recorded in the gospels about the family’s journey to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, nor are we told anything about their time in Jerusalem. The story begins with their trip home.
Many parents may have raised their eyebrows over Joseph’s and Mary’s traveling toward home for one full day, assuming that Jesus was walking with other people in their group. Why didn’t they check to make sure he was with them?
But Jesus must have known when his family planned to leave for home, and he decided to stay in Jerusalem with his appreciative new friends.
Joseph and Mary endured four days of frantic worry before they found Jesus in the temple. (Wouldn’t it have made sense to start looking there?) To Mary’s mild reproach, Jesus replied defensively, “Why were you looking for me? Don’t you understand I need to take care of my Father’s business?”
We treasure this story because it is the only one in the gospels about Jesus’ childhood. Is it comforting to know that even Joseph and Mary made mistakes as parents? Or that Jesus was not always the perfectly obedient child?
Discussion: What is your dominant impression of this story?
Activity: Remember to tell the people who love you where you will be.
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