In this 6th Grade lesson, we study the Finding of our Blessed Lord in the Temple.
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Christ and the Pharisees, by Alexander Bida
How could it be possible that Mary and Joseph actually lost the Son of God? Well, it happened. We hardly know any details about what happened during Jesus’ childhood, from the time of His birth until His Baptism in the Jordan when He was about 30 years old. The one big thing that we do know about Jesus’ hidden life in Nazareth is that He was, in fact, lost on a trip to the Temple in Jerusalem.
Each year, the Jews of Nazareth would journey to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover. Jesus was twelve years old at the time of this particular trip. Twelve years old is kind of a funny age, as you well know. It’s often hard to decide whether the twelve year old is a child or almost an adult. Back then, the children always traveled with the mothers, and the men traveled as a group separately. Jesus could have fit into either category, really, since at twelve He would have been considered almost a man.
When the trip to Jerusalem was over and everyone prepared to leave to travel home, Joseph and Mary joined the caravan of their people returning home. They walked for a full day. During this time, Mary thought that Joseph had Jesus with him and the other men. Joseph assumed that Jesus was with Mary and the other children. At the end of the full day of walking, Joseph and Mary found each other, and to their horror, they realized that neither of them had Jesus. They searched everywhere, among their relatives and friends, but Jesus was not to be found. Imagine how scared and worried Mary and Joseph must have been. There were no phones and no way to communicate with anyone in Jerusalem to ask for help. They had to race back on foot to Jerusalem and hope to find Jesus.
Mary and Joseph had to walk back to Jerusalem another whole day. By the time they reached Jerusalem, two whole days had passed since either of them had seen Him. They spent the third day of the journey searching for Him everywhere. Can you imagine how frightened they were by then?
Imagine their shock and surprise when they found Jesus, this boy of twelve, in the Temple, sitting with the teachers and the elders. Not scared or worried at all, there was Jesus the boy, listening to the men and asking them questions. The elders and teachers were all astounded at how intelligent Jesus was. These three days that Jesus was lost seem to foreshadow Jesus spending three days in the tomb.
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