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. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is “Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.” Think about ways that you have increased in the wisdom of God. How would you define wisdom? How would you become wiser in the ways of God?
God of Wisdom, enlighten us with your spirit that we may work to bring about your love and justice within our hearts and in the hearts of all your people. Strengthen us with insight to be faithful to your word revealed among us. In your holy and precious name we pray, Amen.
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