Sorry, Jesus knew he was supposed to go with the caravan. He did know that was the expectation of His parents. If this was your 18 year old kid and you were coming home from vacation, you wouldn’t consider them disobedient if they wandered off causing you all to miss the flight?
However, He also had obligations and responsibilities to his Father. There was a conflict between the earthly authority (and the authority of a parent over their children comes from God) and the heavenly authority. If the story teaches us anything, it is that we must balance and choose properly with our priority always being our Father in heaven over earthly authority when there is a conflict. IMHO
Isn’t the whole point of this the power of prayer? If Mary is sinning in asking Jesus to do something He might otherwise not do, aren’t we all guilty of the same thing? If God will not answer prayers-- incorporate our requests into His plan, than what is the point of prayers of petition or intercession? Aren’t those in a way asking God to alter His will on those specific things? Isn’t Jesus, by stating His hour has not yet come illustrating that He will change things to accommodate sincere prayers?
Did Jesus sin in asking that He be spared the persecution and crucifixion, even knowing that it was all part of God’s will?
No, we pray and ask-- as Jesus repeatedly instructed-- for things but always keeping in mind that God’s will take priority over our own. We ask in the hopes of receiving what we’ve asked for but being willing to accept what God provides. In Jesus case, an angel to strengthen Him to do what was necessary.
Dr. Edward Sri pointed out that Jesus knew that when his hour came that death was part of it. This reply to his mother could be taken to show that she also knew the passion awaited them. His response that his hour had not come could be seen as almost a question like, “Mother, you know that once we decide to start this journey to the cross that it will end in my death. Are you sure you want me to start now?” Then her response, “Do whatever he tells you.” can be seen as an answer to this unspoken question.
Jesus was alluding to the title of “woman” used for Eve in Genesis. Just as Eve is the mother of all, Mary is the mother of all the living. She is the “woman” of Genesis who will crush the head of the serpent.
Sorry, but you can be an adult and you are still wrong when you cause other people to worry about you. If Mary and Joseph thought the way you describe, there would have not been a reason for them to search for him with relatives, the streets of Jerusalem, and then the Temple to find Him. If they thought at 12 He could go His way, they would have journeyed on and He could come home when He wanted. Maybe this story was given to us to show His human nature.
Hmmm. Have to think about that. I do know He returned with Mary and Joseph once He realized their concern. Doing that makes Him a dutiful son same attitude He exhibited at Cana. I did ask a priest about this once and he too said it was a difficult passage.
“I must be in my Father’s house: this phrase can also be translated, “I must be about my Father’s work.” In either translation, Jesus refers to God as his Father. His divine sonship, and his obedience to his heavenly Father’s will, take precedence over his ties to his family.”
You’re thinking of this in the wrong vein. Jesus was doing His Father’s will, AND was teaching Mary and Joseph (and all of us) at the same time. Jesus was showing them that their concerns and worries of His personal safety must take a backseat to His mission to follow the Father’s will. He was very gently giving her a foretaste of the further pain she would have to endure.
He was also giving an foretaste of his Passion and Resurrection, in that Mary and Joseph were separated from Him for 3 days (just as the disciples were separated from Him for 3 days). That is why the passage ends with Mary pondering these things in her heart.
So the whole episode was instruction by Jesus to us. It was not sin.