SCRIPTURE: LUKE 2:43-45
After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
THE ORIGINAL HOME ALONG
Well, guess Joseph and Mary will not receive the Parents of the Year Award. How could they not know their son was not with them? Didn’t they help him pack for the trip home? After all, he was only 12! Didn’t they make sure he was with them? Didn’t they check on him at noon to make sure he had something to eat? After all, he was only 12! He was not 13 yet. He was not ready to be a man. Not yet!
Okay, it was a bit hectic. There would have been many groups of people heading home after the Feast of the Passover. And I am sure there were family members traveling with Joseph, Mary and Jesus. Maybe, just maybe, they thought he was with a cousin. Maybe they thought he was somewhere close.
Can you picture Mary and Joseph when they realized Jesus was not with them? When they realized he was not with friends. Or family. Can you sense Mary’s panic?
“Where is Jesus? Where can he be? Oh, Joseph, what are we to do? God help us!”
Jesus, on the other hand, was perfectly calm. This 12 year old was exactly where he was supposed to be.
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
One year is ending and a new year will soon begin. We will stop writing 2011 and begin writing 2012. Endings. Beginnings. Change!
But not all things change. No matter what day. No matter what year. We will always know where to find Jesus.
Jesus is right there. In his Father’s house!
LET US PRAY (Please use this as a beginning of your prayer. Finish in your own words, words from your heart.)
Hello Jesus, Well, I have made it through another year. There has been good and bad during 2011 and there will be good and bad during 2012. The peace I feel is knowing You will be there, right there in your Father’s house. You are right there for me to pray to, talk to. During 2012, my prayer is for ______________________ . Amen