God’s Word Goes Forth: Spread Tidings of Joy to Everyone
Luke 2:41-52: Jesus travels with his parents to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. Unbeknownst to his parents, he remains in Jerusalem to debate with the Jewish teachers. Upon discovering that Jesus is not among the group returning home, Mary and Joseph go back to Jerusalem to search for him and find him in the Temple.
Today's Scripture: Luke 2:47
All who heard him were amazed at his intelligent answers.
41 Every year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. 42 When Jesus was twelve years old, they went to the festival as usual. 43 When the festival was over, they started back home, but the boy Jesus stayed in Jerusalem. His parents did not know this; 44 they thought that he was with the group, so they traveled a whole day and then started looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 They did not find him, so they went back to Jerusalem looking for him. 46 On the third day they found him in the Temple, sitting with the Jewish teachers, listening to them and asking questions. 47 All who heard him were amazed at his intelligent answers. 48 His parents were astonished when they saw him, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been terribly worried trying to find you.” 49 He answered them, “Why did you have to look for me? Didn't you know that I had to be in my Father's house?” 50 But they did not understand his answer. 51 So Jesus went back with them to Nazareth, where he was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 Jesus grew both in body and in wisdom, gaining favor with God and people.
Jesus was at the age when young Jewish boys were expected to study God’s teachings (Torah). This learning exercise involved questioning and debating with the teachers. Why did Jesus stay behind in Jerusalem? What did the teachers think of him? Why were his parents astonished when they found him? What did Mary say to Jesus? How did Jesus respond? If you were Mary or Joseph, what would you have been thinking or feeling upon discovering that Jesus was missing?
Dear Jesus, you grew in wisdom, gaining favor with God. Help me to grow in the knowledge of you and do what is pleasing in your sight. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.
Titus 1:1-16: The apostle Paul reminds Titus of the work to be done in Crete.