The Boy Jesus at the Temple
41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”[a] 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
Mother Mary and St.Joseph were the human Parents of Jesus and it was a very complex situation to bring him up because Jesus was Human as well divine in Nature. In his childhood he was drawn towards his heavenly Father and wanted to be with him forever. Mother Mary captures these things and ponders over them in her personal reflection.
Mother Mary was greater than the Father Abraham in her faith because she not only accepted the Salvation in her life but carried out in to its perfection through her nurturing and motherhood. Mother Mary could have left Jesus at the Temple with his Fathers house but she knew it was not the right time for him to proclamation of his ministry of Salvation, but at Wedding at Cana same Mother Mary initiates Jesus to start the mission of Salvation. It is like the Mother sending her son to the battlefield by giving Sword in his hand to fight the enemy and be victorious.
Though Jesus was the Son of God , he was Son of Man as well and had human impulsiveness to start the ministry as a novice but Mary his mother understands his thoughts and prevents him and guides him at the right time. This is the reason the Dragon and Satan was very much angry upon Mother Mary and her descendants till date because Jesus could not have achieved the Salvation without Human participation or Mary’s partnership.
Mary is a Mother to us the Body of Christ as we are, and to this day is protector and guide in time of our confusion . She is the Morning Star and help of Christians who are in danger and lost in the whirlwind of Power, Pride and luxury. Mary was reflecting upon the mysteries God was revealing to her one by one and acting upon them in expectation in Annunciation, Birth of Jesus Visitation, Finding of Jesus in the temple and offering her Son in the Temple at the foot of the Cross. The journey of hers as Mother was full of Crosses but she prevails them all and become the true Mother of the Savior.
Prayer : Mother Mary , Be a true Mother to us and guide us and lead us to the Complete Salvation. Amen