Reflections on the Daily Readings
from the Perspective of Creighton Students
December 30th, 2012
Bio | Email: MandyWidegren@creighton.edu
When I was younger, I “ran away” from my house. And by “ran away” I mean that I ran to my mailbox because I knew I wasn’t allowed to cross streets by myself. When my dad found me outside, he asked me why I had did what I did. I didn’t have a good motive in staying behind. I had simply disobeyed my parents.
In today’s gospel, Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. Mary and Joseph didn’t know He was gone until a day later. Jesus wasn’t being intentionally disrespectful - He had deliberately stayed behind in order to demonstrate something important. When Mary found Jesus in the temple, she was filled with great anxiety. She asked, “Why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you.” Jesus replied that He was in, “my Father’s house”. There is one clear distinction here: Mary says that Joseph is Jesus’s father, while Jesus alludes that God is His Father. This illustrates the close relationship Jesus has with our Lord and shows that Jesus belongs to God.
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