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 travelers, 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.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
In any family we know that our parents and grandparents hold so many events, dreams, and needs deep down in their hearts. They carry a family’s or a neighborhood’s living memory. Some of these memories may be difficult—broken relationships, personal failures, family hardship. Many others recall life-giving events, critical conversations, special celebrations and relationships that give meaning and hope. The reality of course is that these events and conversations are often fleeting, yet the memory of them fires our service and anchors our hope months and years later. This is particularly true of the influence of a fine teacher or special personal mentor, the impact of decisions that have shaped a family’s future. Some of the memories we hold inside are unpleasant, even painful. Yet these also shape our attitudes and outreach.
This (hopefully pleasant) weekend, what memories do I hold in my heart? Can I name particular persons and situations that I bring to the Lord today with gratitude and with hope? On this feast day we also place these persons and situations in Mary’s immaculate heart.
—The Jesuit prayer team
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. You are blessed among women, and blessed is Jesus Christ, the fruit of your womb. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.Please share the Good Word with your friends!