I was praying the Rosary this morning with Bible in hand. (Sometimes the mind really needs help in the mornin'.) When I got to the 5th Joyful Mystery a verse stood out to me* and I've been pondering it a bit.
48 And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously."
49 And he said to them, "How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"
**50 And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them.*
51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. (Luke (RSV) 2)
Wow...Mary and Joseph didn't understand...it gives hope to a sinner like me!
Couldn't tell ya how many times that's been read, and yet I still get discouraged when I don't understand God's Word or teachings handed on to us by His Church. Maybe now I won't feel so bad when I don't get it.
This led me to look up the verses with Biblia Clerus and a Catechism entry was found:
The finding of Jesus in the temple is the only event that breaks the silence of the Gospels about the hidden years of Jesus.(226) Here Jesus lets us catch a glimpse of the mystery of his total consecration to a mission that flows from his divine sonship: "Did you not know that I must be about my Father's work?"(227) Mary and Joseph did not understand these words, but they accepted them in faith. Mary "kept all these things in her heart" during the years Jesus remained hidden in the silence of an ordinary life. (1997 Catechism of the Catholic Church 534)
This was a great reminder that I don't necessarily have to understand it, but trust God and have faith in His Church....and maybe, God willing, it'll sink in eventually.
Just thought this might be of help to someone else too. :compcoff: