“Young man, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been worried sick; a nervous wreck looking all over the place for you.” "But mom," preteen Jesus replies, “Didn't you know that I had to be here? The time has come for me to be about the business of my Father. I’m not like the other kids, you know that - there is something in me that doesn't totally belong to you. I have a unique relationship with God; there is something I’m more committed, more dedicated to than just you and dad." (vs. 48 reading between the lines)
What an interesting glimpse (this particular text) into the life and times of Jesus Christ ― as a boy!
I love the fact that Jesus was connected to the ordinary people of life. I love the fact that one of the things Jesus was most concerned about is maintaining relationships; (Jesus did obey that day; he went back with his parents to Nazareth.) He was, you might say, maintaining the good relationship he had with his parents.
Maintaining relationships―especially our relationship with each other as brothers and sisters in Christ, and more importantly, our relationship to God Almighty.
The challenge, as we come down off the high of the holiday’s and the thrill of Christmas and look forward to the year ahead, the challenge for all of us is to open ourselves up to the kind of relationship Jesus had with others and with God.
“Any fool can know.” Albert Einstein once said, “the point is to understand."
Help us, Lord, understand the kind of vision you have for what it means to be in relationship with you and each other―help us understand how to be new life to others just as Christ our Lord has been, and continues to be, new life for us.