Every year, the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover, as was customary. And when Jesus was twelve years old, he went up with them, according to the custom of this feast. After the festival was over, they returned, but the boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and his parents did not know it. They assumed that he was in their group of travelers, and, after walking the whole day, they looked for him among their relatives and friends. As they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem, searching for him; and, on the third day, they found him on the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions. And all the people were amazed at his understanding and his answers. His parents were very surprised when they saw him; and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your Father and I were worried while searching for you.”


This Bible reading highlighted the occasion wherein Jesus left the crowd of his parents and chooses to be with the teachers listening and asking questions. Upon the knowledge of  Mary and Joseph that Jesus was not with the crowd leaving Jerusalem, they search for him and there found Jesus in the Temple with the Teachers. Seeing Jesus, Mary who was overwhelmed with so much worries said “Son, why have you done this to us? Your Father and I were worried while searching for you.”

Humanity has so much to worry about life. They worry for supplies, securities, future, profession, positions, love life, etc. They are too much occupied by their daily activities and advancement like Mary and Joseph who were not able to make notice when Jesus had left the crowd until the next day.

Much of our worries belong to this world. However, regardless of how many worries we may have now, this Bible reading reminded us that none of these worries are worth worrying for. Mary and Joseph did worry when Jesus was nowhere to be found in the accompanying crowd. That is why; the real thing that is worth worrying of this life is the tendency of losing the kingdom of God without Jesus.

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