SECOND SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS – HOLY GOSPEL: Luke 2:40-52

The child Jesus grew.  He became strong and wise, and God blessed him. 41Every year Jesus’ parents went toJerusalem forPassover.  42And when Jesus was twelve years old, they all went there as usual for the celebration.  43After Passover his parents left, but they did not know that Jesus had stayed on in the city.  44They thought he was traveling with some other people, and they went a whole day before they started looking for him.  45When they could not find him with their relatives and friends, they went back to Jerusalem and started looking for him there.  46Three days later they found Jesus sitting in the temple, listening to the teachers and asking them questions.  47Everyone who heard him was surprised at how much he knew and at the answers he gave.  48When his parents found him, they were amazed. His mother said, “Son, why have you done this to us?  Your father and I have been very worried, and we have been searching for you!”  49Jesus answered, “Why did you have to look for me?  Didn’t you know that I would be in my Father’s house?”  50But they did not understand what he meant.  51Jesus went back to Nazareth with his parents and obeyed them.  His mother kept on thinking about all that had happened.  52Jesus became wise, and he grew strong.  God was pleased with him and so were the people.