Journey into Freedom Day 24

Jesus appears in the Temple with the elders.

Preparation: Begin by stilling; then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask that I may know Jesus more intimately, love him more dearly and follow him more closely.

Setting: Consider the Bible passage below, you can imagine you are Mary, Joseph a friend, a Temple teacher or Jesus. How do you imagine they feel about this story.

Luke 2:41-52 HCSB

Every year His parents travelled to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival.

When He was 12 years old, they went up according to the custom of the festival. After those days were over, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but His parents did not know it.

Assuming He was in the traveling party, they went a day’s journey.

Then they began looking 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 complex sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

And all those 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 treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for You.”

“Why were you searching for Me?” He asked them. “Didn’t you know that I had to 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 kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus

increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and with people.

Jesus appears in the Temple with the elders.

Follow the meditation on Scripture with a conversation with God and a Final Prayer.

A Thought for Today: Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. -Albert Einstein

On Education

When infant Reason first exerts her sway,

And new-formed thoughts their earliest charms display;

Then let the growing race employ your care

Then guard their opening minds from Folly’s snare;

Correct the rising passions of their youth,

Teach them each serious, each important truth;

Plant heavenly virtue in the tender breast,

Destroy each vice that might its growth molest;

Point out betimes the course they should pursue;

Then with redoubled pleasure shall you view

Their reason strengthen as their years increase,

Their virtue ripen and their follies cease;

Like corn sown early in the fertile soil,

The richest harvest shall repay your toil.

Elizabeth Bentley 1789