The good news for the day March 20, 2017
Monday of the Third Week in Lent (236)
Each year Jesus’ parents would go up to Jerusalem for the Passover. Once, when he was twelve, they went up as they usually did. After they had finished the celebration of the holydays—as they were returning—the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem—although his parents did not realize it. Thinking that he was elsewhere in the caravan, they traveled for a day; then they looked for him among their relatives and friends, but did not find him. They went back to Jerusalem to look for him. It took three days until they found him in the temple area, sitting surrounded by teachers who were listening to them and asking them questions. Everybody who heard him were suprised at his understanding and his responses. When his parents saw him, they were upset; his mother chided him, “Son, why did you do this to us? Your father and I have been worried, looking all over for you.” He said to them, “Why did you come looking for me? Didn’t you realize that I would have to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not get what he said to them. He went down with them to Nazareth, and stayed obedient to them. (Luke 2)
How hard it was for Jesus to get people to understand his message! By this time, he had come to appreciate His Father—AND the slowness of people to see what He saw – the loving care of His Father-Creator. He was starting to tell the world that people have to look for Him, be surprised—perhaps irritated—at what they find, and be told about his relationship to our father.
In other words, this story calls you to look again at the message of Jesus. Perhaps you need to review finding Jesus in your heritage – asking authentic questions, and accepting authentic truth – truth that matters, truth, however uncomfortable, that helps you see, hear, and believe more deeply than you have in the past. Like a child – or perhaps even better an adolescent – you need to stay alive with genuine curiosity and openness to what is happening around you. Seeing, hearing, and developing faith – all of these – will bring you to a much richer appreciation/obedience for love and truth in your world.