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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Saturday of the 9th Week in the Ordinary Time B Download This Homily

Immaculate Heart of Blessed Virgin Mary


Is 61:9-11,

Gospel LK 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; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. 

 

Missing and Finding of Jesus in the Temple


There are numerous stories and poems written in the literary world about missing children. One which I read was about a boy taken to a festival ground where excited by the scenes and pleasures; he skipped away from the hands of his father. Now he is alarmed, confused and frightened. All those attractive things, dolls, sweet dishes and colours became of no importance for him, totally irrelevant and with sobs he is searching for his father in the fast growing crowd. We feel heavy hearted as we read the story because it is too much for all dear ones to miss their dear ones.


“Miss You” is the most frequent text the new generation send to all their dear ones who are away. The time gap of this absence could be form seconds to days or months according to the depth and warmth of your relationship.


Short term and long term missing have different volumes of impact too. But why do we miss people? Of course it is because we love them. Our Prime Minister has been travelling abroad for many days and none of us missed him really. It was because we are not emotionally associated with him, and we know that he is on his task, let him be is our attitude.


Jesus said many parables of the ‘lost’. Lost sheep, lost coin, lost son etc. “Where are they is the question he may ask us too as he asked to Cain. Many a time we will not know that our dear ones are being skipped away from our vicinity, care and concern. Eternal vigilance is needed to trace any of those attempts that will separate our dear ones from us. Same is the case with our values and virtues too.


Here in today’s Gospel we find the parents of Child Jesus getting alarmed of the news that Jesus is missing. As we are gathered in this Eucharistic Celebration too, let us see whether we are with Jesus, are we always in his company, or whether He has skipped away from our world. The parents of Jesus were in the company of the pilgrims, in the company of the relatives and in the company of the crowd that enjoyed the splendour of the feast at Jerusalem. But of late they came to know that Jesus was not with them-that too after 3 days they found him. Relax for while and reflect whether Jesus is still with us or are we still with Jesus. If found otherwise, hurry, go back and find him. Amen!


Fr Biju Tharaniyil CMI

 


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