Every year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the
Passover Festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they went to
the festival as usual. When the festival was over, they
started back home, but the boy Jesus stayed in Jerusalem. His
parents did not know this; they thought that he was with the group,
so they travelled a whole day and then started looking for him
among their relatives and friends. They did not find him, so they
went back to Jerusalem looking for him. On the third day they found
him in the Temple, sitting with the Jewish teachers, listening to
them and asking questions. All who heard him were amazed at his
intelligent answers. His parents were astonished when they saw him,
and his mother said to him, "My son, why have you done this to us?
Your father and I have been terribly worried trying to find you."
He answered them, "Why did you have to look for me? Didn't you know
that I had to be in my Father's house?" But they did not understand
his answer. So Jesus went back with them to Nazareth, where
he was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in
This very famous reading is the only story
which tells us about Jesus as child. We
learn that Jesus, even when he was very young, knew that there was
to be done. The story also shows us how special Jesus was to his
mother - and
like so many mothers since she saw how special her child was and
these things in her heart'.
What do you think 'all these things' might include?