Where’s That Kid Now? – Good News for March 19

19 03 2009

I know the Shepherd went dashing off after me…

Luke 2:41-51

Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.

After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them.

The Daily Path: Most parents have experienced that anxiety filled moment when you suddenly realize that your child is missing. It only takes a second. You turn around and Poof! Your little charge has wandered off into a crowd. (I don’t know how M & J could have gone a whole day without noticing Jesus was missing but I’ll cut them some slack.) Those minutes of panic are some of the worst, especially in this day and age of child predators. You run around checking every nook and cranny calling out there name. You can’t help but think the worst.

When you finally locate your child (seconds seem like hours) it’s as if a huge weight were lifted and you feel the greatest sense of relief rush through your body. Chances are you gather them up in a big hug… then give them a lecture just as Mary and Joseph gave to Jesus. “Where the… Why have you…”

I wonder if God feels the same way when we wander off? “Where’s that kid now?” I know the Shepherd went dashing off after me. When he finally found me he gave me a giant hug… without the lecture.

Room to Chat: Maybe one of our reflections today will include a little prayer that God comes to find someone we know who is lost. Maybe it’s even us. I think I get a little lost on a daily basis.


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