Luke 2:48 – June 12, 2021

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.” Luke 2:48 NABRE          

Devout Jews travel to Jerusalem for feasts, such as Jesus and His family. At the end of a feast they travel in a caravan home. The caravan left and Jesus stayed behind. When His parents discover Him missing they return to Jerusalem looking for Him. Searching three days He is found with the teachers in the temple. Mary speaks of having great anxiety searching for Him with His father. She asks why He did this to them. It may be the most motherly moment we see from Mary toward Jesus. She is a mother frantic and worried searching for her lost Son. We have no idea what home life was like for the Jesus family, but see this glimpse of an interaction between mother and soon to be teen son, her humanity on full display. Since the beginning of the church Mary has been honored above most, to a level where it seems foreign to see her as a simple mother worrying about her Son. She has been cast as a Saint, born without sin, humble and rich in her deference to her Son and all people. There are some who think she should be cast as a Co-redeemer as the Mother of God.

I prefer the mother who worries about her Son, even though she must know her Son is also the Son of God. She scolds him for being so inconsiderate and not joining them on the journey home. She likely cuts off Jesus’ father in her anxiousness and relief at finding Him.  Mary is a mother, chosen to be the mother of Jesus by God. We don’t know why she is chosen but we do know every mother has felt this same anxiousness. Every mother worries about her children and is willing do anything to protect them. The human Mary should be more familiar to us.

How is your mother? Do you remember her worry for you?

Mary is a mother, chosen to be the mother of Jesus by God. Every mother worries about her children and is willing do anything to protect them. The human Mary should be more familiar to us. Click To Tweet

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