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Luke 2, 41-52

Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travellers, they went a day's journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety." He said to them, "Why were you searching 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. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favour.

Luke 2, 41-52
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    • ‘In my Father’s house.’ Do I believe that the Father’s house may be found within myself? If I do, I can perhaps open myself to an even greater wonder: ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them’ (John 14:23).
    • Mary and Joseph made a distraught visit to the temple in Jerusalem, seeking him whom they had lost. Unlike them, when I go to the temple of the Holy Spirit within me, I go with the certainty of finding God there.
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    • Let me take this scene slowly, Lord. Jesus is coming of age, entering his teens, and as an eager student, questioning his teachers. To his mother's query: /Your father and I,/ he points gently to another paternity: /I must be in my father's house./ No Gospel scene shows more clearly the gradual process by which he grew into a sense of his mission. Let me savour it.
    • Why choose this story to celebrate the Holy Family? It is not a story of peaceful routine, but rather of drama and hazards and difficult decisions.  Jesus and family are displaced persons seeking a place to live.
    • Lord, you have tasted human uncertainties, and the difficulties of survival. Your mother, so blissfully happy when she prayed the Magnificat, had to adjust rapidly to homelessness and the life of asylum-seekers. Let me be equally unsurprisable when you ask me to taste uncertainties and plans going awry.
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    • Let me take this scene slowly, Lord. Jesus is coming of age, entering his teens, and as an eager student, questioning his teachers. To his mother's query: /Your father and I,/ he points gently to another paternity: /I must be in my father's house./ No Gospel scene shows more clearly the gradual process by which he grew into a sense of his mission. Let me savour it.
    • Why choose this story to celebrate the Holy Family? It is not a story of peaceful routine, but rather of drama and hazards and difficult decisions.  Jesus and family are displaced persons seeking a place to live.
    • Lord, you have tasted human uncertainties, and the difficulties of survival. Your mother, so blissfully happy when she prayed the Magnificat, had to adjust rapidly to homelessness and the life of asylum-seekers. Let me be equally unsurprisable when you ask me to taste uncertainties and plans going awry.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Let me take this scene slowly, Lord. Jesus is coming of age, entering his teens, and as an eager student, questioning his teachers. To his mother's query: /Your father and I,/ he points gently to another paternity: /I must be in my father's house./ No Gospel scene shows more clearly the gradual process by which he grew into a sense of his mission. Let me savour it.
    • Why choose this story to celebrate the Holy Family? It is not a story of peaceful routine, but rather of drama and hazards and difficult decisions.  Jesus and family are displaced persons seeking a place to live.
    • Lord, you have tasted human uncertainties, and the difficulties of survival. Your mother, so blissfully happy when she prayed the Magnificat, had to adjust rapidly to homelessness and the life of asylum-seekers. Let me be equally unsurprisable when you ask me to taste uncertainties and plans going awry.