January 1, 2012: Luke 2:20-21, 40-52, Read for Older Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · January 1, 2012
Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.
Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
How old was Jesus when Joseph and Mary named him? Where did they get the idea?
What does Scripture say that Jesus was like, as He grew? Give an example of what you think that means.
Where did Jesus go when He was 12? Why did He go there?
When did Mary and Joseph realize that Jesus was not returning with them? Why didn’t they know sooner?
How long did Jesus’ parents look for Him? Where did they find Him?
What was Joseph doing there? How did those around Him respond to what He was doing?
Were Joseph and Mary happy with Jesus? Why or why not?
How did Jesus respond to His parents immediately? In the time that followed?
What can you learn from our Lord about how to respond both to your parents and to God?