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Luke 2:41-52, I Don’t Get It

Key Verse

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.
— Luke 2:49-50

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, June 15, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

My son wandered off when he was 2 years old and I have never been more terrified in my life. I can only imagine what Mary and Joseph were thinking when they couldn’t find the 12-year-old Jesus in the crowd of pilgrims leaving Jerusalem.

When they finally did locate him in the temple, I’m sure the relief converted the fear into anger at what their son had put them through. But he seems mystified that they should have worried. It’s almost as though he’s saying, “Duh, of course I was in the temple.” Tweens, I tell you.

But Mary and Joseph had been bewildered a lot in the last dozen years. Angels appeared and told them Jesus was on his way—miraculously at that. Shepherds proclaimed that choirs of angels told them Jesus was the messiah, and Mary pondered their words in her heart. Maybe they had been lulled into complacency by Jesus’ ordinary childhood to this point, but could they really be surprised when something like this came out of his mouth?

They did not need to understand, but only to trust that God was in charge and this son of theirs was beyond their own comprehension. They only needed to love him.

We don’t have to “get it” either. Jesus is beyond our comprehension. We need only to love him.

O Great Mystery, help us to hear and to understand, but mostly to love. Amen.


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