They did not understand

Published June 25, 2022, 12:05 AM

by Manila Bulletin


Jesus is lost, but it comes out that this is neither Joseph’s nor Mary’s fault. Jesus seems to imply that he has done so voluntary to signify something (v 49). Jesus did so because he is not simply their son. Above all, he is the Father’s Son sent on a mission. But neither Joseph nor Mary understood this. Joseph and Mary—but especially Mary—are afflicted with the greatest sorrow parents could have: that of not understanding their growing child and his real mission. This has been foretold by Simeon (Lk 2:34-35). Amidst this, though, Mary “kept all these things in her heart.” She makes every effort to ponder on what has happened. Hence she attains a deeper understanding of the mystery of her Son. Do we take time to understand the purpose and mission of each child that is born into the world?

Gospel • Luke 2:41-51
Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, 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.

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