Luke 2: 41-51 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him: "Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing". And he said unto them: "How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
My meditation on this Bible passage brought me to these thoughts this morning.
Of course Jesus was obedient to His parents on earth, Mary and Joseph. But His Father called Him to share His Wisdom with those around Him, with those that needed it, and Him. Even though Mary and Joseph know He is God, our Savior, they must have been concerned, if not worried, about Him when they were apart. Jesus knew that He must obey God, and was teaching us to do so, even at the expense of His parents' concern.
The part that I focused on this morning was this: Jesus was not actively disobeying His parents Mary and Joseph, but was obeying His Father, our Father.
It seems like right now, our country is forcing us to choose between obeying our country, or obeying our Father. Yes, Jesus said: Matthew 22:21 ...Then he saith to them: Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God, the things that are God's.
Father, I pray to You to help me to remember that I am Yours above all things, above all people, above all nations. Give me the strength to give to You, and You alone, what is Yours and due You. All that I have, all that I am, all that I can be, is Yours. Help me to understand and be strong for Your Desires for me. Give me the wisdom and knowledge needed to explain to others when I seem to be dissenting from my country's popular opinion. Father, I want to be obedient to You above all else, even when the world around me tells me differently. My heart is Yours; my body is Yours. I must serve You above all else; not an ant on the ground, or a ruler of any nation, can supersede Your morals and demands that You have put upon us. Thank you for the nation, Father, in which I live and dwell while on this earth. I pray that it may become even greater as a servant of You, O Lord. I pray for You to be in the hearts of our leaders and our fellow citizens, to see the righteous way of Your Path.
Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
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