Let’s Journey to the Cross – Jesus in the Temple, age 12. (A reflection by our Diocesan Children’s Officer, Kirsty McCartney).
This is a Bible story that has always confused me – not Jesus being with the leaders and discussing the Bible – but the fact that Mary and Joseph did not realise that Jesus was missing for a full day, and then took another three days to find him! It is only when you think that Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were travelling with a caravan of people – it was not just the three of them, but hundreds of people making this important journey to celebrate the Passover – that I can see how it could have happened.
Jesus knew what he was doing – he was not deliberately disobeying his parents, but rather spending time with God and learning more about him. When they returned home Jesus obeyed his parents, learned from them, and continued to grow, ready to take on his ministry.
Jesus travelled to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. It has been a while since we have been able to travel for any celebrations, but we have hope that in the weeks and months ahead this will change again. Spring is coming and signs are everywhere to be seen – as you journey this week have a look for signs of Spring and thank God for them.
A Prayer for Let’s Journey to the Cross (Linda Hughes)
Lord, as we travel through this season, we are aware that Lent can be a difficult time.
We like to do things in our own time and find it hard to be disciplined.
Forgive us when we fail to do the right thing or when we find that we are eager to receive your love and forgiveness but are reluctant to return them back.
As we travel through Lent may we be encouraged to open our hearts and listen for your voice so we can discover what you want us to do and trust in your unconditional and everlasting love for us.