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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 14, 2018

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WEDNESDAY, February 14     Ash Wednesday

Luke 2:43 When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.

Can you imagine how Mary and Joseph must have fretted, looking everywhere for their son? I bet Luke didn’t record the full conversation between Jesus and his parents after they found him. They probably dragged him out of the temple by his ear and gave him a tongue-lashing. But Luke tells us only that Mary asked, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.”

Jesus’ response rings true to me. He sounds like most pre-teens. I’m fine. No reason to worry. Don’t nag.

This story is one of a very few in the New Testament that reference Jesus as a child. We understand that pre-teen Jesus has entranced the synagogue leaders with his wisdom and teaching. But as a parent of a 12-year-old boy, I relate to the worry of Mary and Joseph.

As we enter into Lent, we know how the story ends, with Jesus’ wrenching death on the cross and his extraordinary rising from the tomb. But it’s also good to remember how the story begins, with parents and child loving and living the best way they know how.

MOVING FORWARD: How did your parents deal with your pre-teen shenanigans? Where do you see yourself in this story?

PRAY for the Diocese of Athabasca (Canada)

Luke 2:22-52



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