Wassilij_Dimitriewitsch_Polenow_Vasiliy_Polenov_Among_the_Teachers_700When Jesus was 12 years old, He accompanied His parents to the traditional 7 day Passover feast. When the 7 days were up, Joseph and Mary travelled back in the direction of thier home.  They started to panic when they realized Jesus was not with them any longer. They assumed He was with them amongst thier friends and family who came on this yearly pilgrimage with them.   He wasnt to be accounted for.   In a state of panic leading to grief, they left everyone and backtracked to Jerusalem– trying to keep their eyes on where He could be- and frantically calling for Him.   There heard no response and the distress they felt like a wild animal had just ripped their stunned hearts from thier bodies.

Finally, hours later, they arrived back at the Temple in Jerusalem and to thier delight, and shock, they found Jesus within there listening and asking questions with the priests and Elders- who were amazed at His understanding and His answers. (Luke 2:46,47).    One of the most important meanings of the word “temple” is “adoration in spirit”.      While Mary , Joseph, and all of their friends and family were preoccupied with the traditional religious feast pilgrimage,  Jesus’s Prime focus was in sincerely adoring the Father– being where His Father was in spirit.     How many times have we , like Joseph and Mary, lost sight of Jesus because we are so pre-occupied with our lives- including our religious lives-  that we take our eyes off of Him?    Even our holidays such as Christmas and Easter, as beautiful as these holidays are when they represent their true Meaning , can distract us from Jesus.    We are reminded of Mary and Martha- how Martha- with good intentions, fussed so much with her material plans in serving Jesus, that she became annoyed with her sister, Mary- who sat in adoration at Jesus’s feet, listening to all  He wanted to share with her.

Just like Martha, years later, Mary found herself exasperated with Jesus and called out to Him: “Son, why have you treated us so?  Look, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously!”  Jesus respectfully -and with simplicity- replied by asking, “How is it that you sought Me?  Did you not know that I must be in My Fathers’ House?”  (Luke 2: 48,49).   They should have realized that Jesus would only be found in one place– His Father’s House.

Quietly and politely bidding the priests goodbye, He went back with His earthly parents to Nazareth.  The scripture’s read:  “He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. (Luke 2:51)

This incident left a permanent impression on Mary’s heart.