From a Creighton Student's Perspective
March 19, 2012
Freshman, Journalism Major
I love hearing this Gospel, the story of Mary and Joseph unknowingly leaving Jesus behind at the temple. It’s one of the few accounts we have of Jesus as a young boy, and I often try to imagine what a 12 or 13-year-old Jesus would look like and act like.
This passage, as well as the alternative Gospel reading, focuses on God’s call to Jesus, and in Matthew’s Gospel, Joseph’s call from God. Ultimately, these passages can teach us about God’s call to us.
In the Gospel passage from Matthew, we see Joseph contemplating “quietly divorcing” Mary because he is afraid to take her as his wife. He is, in a way, scared of his future with Mary and her child, and what others may think of the situation. The angel appearing to Joseph however, gave him that extra push he needed to answer God’s call. When have we been hesitant to answer God’s will, and what gave us that extra push?
In Luke’s Gospel, we see Jesus just starting to answer God’s call to spread his word and save his people. We can tell Jesus is already dedicated to answering his call, however, since he stayed at the temple to discuss matters of faith with others instead of returning home with his parents. As Jesus is our role model, we should follow his example of embracing his call. When we know our calling, we should not only be able to, but also want to immerse ourselves in answering God’s call.
Finding out what God wants from us as well as answering his call can be a long and difficult journey. But it’s a necessary journey when leading a faith-filled life.
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