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Luke 2:41-52

2006-12-27 — On the ‘up side’, Jesus didn’t get lost in the cereal aisle of the local Mega Grocery Super Mart.

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BIBLE PASSAGE — Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” He said to them, “Why were you searching 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. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor. — First Sunday after Christmas, Series C

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  1. Mary Louise Brown — 4000 days ago #

    I think the comic is in poor taste

  2. Rebecca Vardiman — 4000 days ago #

    I thank you for your blessed silliness!

  3. Mike Schleider — 3999 days ago #

    Jesus was not Mary’s only child. By the age of twelve, surely at least one of his brothers had been born.

  4. James Wetzstein — 3999 days ago #

    Oh right, like having another kid lets her off the hook.

  5. John — 3996 days ago #

    Up in Tacoma Washington, there IS a grocery store called MEGA FOODS. No baloney.

    The last time I checked, lutheranism did not give Mary omniscience (sp?), so it’s ok for her to let him “get lost.”

  6. Pam — 2916 days ago #

    Where is it written Mary was perfect? Just blessed by God, as are we all! Thanks for the toons.

  7. Jim — 2916 days ago #

    You’re welcome Pam

  8. Michael Kesar — 2909 days ago #

    What about “Saint” Joseph? Should he bear no responsibility?

  9. Beth — 2909 days ago #

    I’ve known many a parent would would love to “lose” their twelve-year-old on occasion. Might our Savior’s fully human adolescent years be equally challenging for his parents? Maybe Mary deliberately waited those three days. LOL

  10. Brian — 2909 days ago #

    The venerable John Paul II might not have been amused but I thought it was a hoot. This side of the Reformation we never have been quite sure what to do with Mary. I’ve yet to find any singable version of the Magnificat by a Lutheran.

  11. John — 2909 days ago #

    The way Luke writes this (as translated into English) has convinced me that Mary is Source Q. Would James have told a story like this, to slam down his half-brother? Don’t think so. Mary can tell it in love.

  12. Brad Boyer — 2904 days ago #

    @Brian: I just graduated from the US Army Chaplain School in Ft Jackson, SC (I’m an Army Nat’l Guard chaplain). While there one of my fellow LCMS students enjoyed “giving it” to one of the Catholic students, who had the kind of personality that gave back as well as he took. The best instance was one day when we were doing shuttle sprints for PT (yes, no chubby chaplains allowed; they literally can’t keep up with the troops that way, and that’s the biggest part of our job). Just so happened that it was Lutheran vs. Catholic paired up for the friendly competitive sprint. My buddy said at the beginning of the race, “Come on, Father, it’s the Reformation!” and smoked him. Boy, was it funny to see his (the Catholic’s) facial expression! He did indeed use that as inspiration throughout our 13-week course and ended up passing his 2-mile run qualification. Viva la Reformation!

  13. Jim — 2903 days ago #

    Brian,
    The new setting of the Magnificat in Evangelical Lutheran Worship is by a former Lutheran, now prof at an Episcopal Seminary. It’s not bad.

  14. Jim — 2903 days ago #

    John,
    That’s a really interesting Q theory. I’ll have to think about that. Thanks!

  15. Mayla de Lima — 224 days ago #

    thanks for sharing, this is a good bible passage :)

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