SATURDAY: 9th June, 2018
Reference text: Luke 2:41-51
Luke 2:44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
The last thing any parent wants is to have their child missing due to the anxiety and sense of loss that comes with it. Thus, based on today’s Gospel text, we could say that Joseph and Mary had a near miss with the twelve year old Jesus when they assumed that he was somewhere in their group of travellers, probably playing along the way with others.
Even so, upon realising he was not in their company, they began searching for him but only did so among their friends and family: a very closed circle at that because of their initial assumption of him ‘being in their group’ – with familiar faces. It was only after an unfruitful search in this circle that they thought of returning to Jerusalem where they found him in unexpected company.
When we use the words ‘I can’t find what I am looking for’, often we realise it is because one is looking in the wrong places for it. As an example, when one wants to search for academic material using Google, there is a better chance of finding what one seeks on Google scholar than on Google images because each is designed with a specific intention in mind.
As much as the intentions of Mary and Joseph were the very best, they were looking for Jesus in the wrong place because of that initial assumption of where they thought ‘he might be’. Therefore beloved, the questions to ponder on today is ‘are you looking in the right places for that which you seek?’ or Have you made any assumptions and statements that have placed your search window within a tight box?
If so, now may be the time to return to ‘Jerusalem’- to go looking in the right places and expanding your search window.
Remember # don’t go looking for things everywhere and anywhere because there is a place to find what you need.