First Week After Christmas, Sunday, December 26, 2021
Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast. When he was twelve years old, they went to the feast as they always did. After the feast days were over, they started home. The boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that Jesus was with them in the group, they traveled for a whole day. Then they began to look for him among their family and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him there. After three days they found Jesus sitting in the Temple with the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and answers. When Jesus’ parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why did you do this to us? Your father and I were very worried about you and have been looking for you.”
Jesus said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand the meaning of what he said.
Jesus went with them to Nazareth and was obedient to them. But his mother kept in her mind all that had happened. Jesus became wiser and grew physically. People liked him, and he pleased God.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
In the soft glow of candles and yule logs, here in your holy prayer space, we recline to listen to your voice as you tell us the stories of times both remembered and forgotten. You tell us of the songs of angels, words from prophets of old, journeys of your family and ours, and gatherings of people hearing your word and feeling your peace in their hearts.
Thank you for this Advent journey to discovering Jesus in a new way and to your love for us. We take time to reflect on you and all the precious moments and gifts you have bestowed on us. May we grow in wisdom and stature with Divine and human favour. With grateful hearts we remember the many blessings you have given us.
I feel peace in my heart as I hear your voice telling the stories, Loving Jesus, and thank you for…
As we journey with you on this good path, may we listen and learn how to be obedient to you and your word. May we also ponder and hold all we see and hear close in our hearts. Bless this path and our journey and bless our loved ones as they also learn to walk in your ways.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler
Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
1 Samuel 2:18-20; 26