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Luke 2:49 He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
For 12 years this boy has been at my side in the carpenter shop, my hands guiding his. I had almost forgotten the angels, the stable, the strange visitors, the terror of escaping Herod’s soldiers, and the journey to Egypt...and that he’s not really mine.
Today has brought it all back. He is God’s child, and God knows what is planned for him.
When he went missing, my heart went cold. I didn’t want Mary to see how terrified I was. “He’s probably with family,” I said. And he was—in his Father’s house.
We will go home, back to our ordinary lives, but I will look at him in a new way. He is almost a man now. What will he say at his bar mitzvah? What will I say to him?
O, Lord, how I love loving this child, every minute of it! Whatever comes next, I thank you for your Son—my son.
MOVING FORWARD: Do a little research on Saint Joseph today.