I must be in my Father’s house. Luke 2:49

When the parents, Joseph and Mary had fulfilled all that was required by the law of the Lord : the presentation in the temple, they returned to Nazareth in Galilee. There the child grew in stature and strength and was filled with wisdom : the grace of God was upon him. Every year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover, as was customary.

When Jesus was twelve years old, he went up with them according to the custom for this feast. At twelve an adolescent was to observe religious prescriptions, among them the pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the feast. After the festival was over, they returned, but the boy Jesus manifested his independence for the first time. He did not ask for permission for his stay and remained for two days without thinking the worry of his parents. Actually, he achieved radical freedom before returning with them and he did not feel guilty about causing them such pain.

From then on, he would be obedient to them but he had shown them that he knew who he was, and that he was capable of any sacrifice or breaking of ties to serve his father in whatever way seemed good to him.

A conflict between Jesus and his mother, in which neither Jesus nor Mary were to blame : They both acted right, from their own standpoints. As for Mary, the mother, she kept all these things in her heart. Jesus, the Son must be in the Father’s house, where he belongs.

God doesn’t belong anything. Everything belongs to God.