We too are searching for Jesus. And as we hear today's Gospel, we recall another story earlier in this Gospel. Jesus is twelve years and is lost. Mary and Joseph search with deep desire for the one whom they love. “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”
“Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know?” We are haunted by Jesus’ question, for it seems Mary’s search is our own. With her we might well respond, “To whom else should we go? You are our refuge and consolation.” And so over and over again all day long we return to the church, the house of his Father, our own temple, to find Jesus our Lord. And best of all we encounter him each day at the table of the Eucharist.
Photograph by Brother Brian.