5a1a7dd7a4e0a61faa2f5777967552c0This reflection is based on Luke 2:41-52 for the Feast of the Holy Family.

Just two days after we’ve celebrated the birth of Jesus, we have Mary and Joseph losing him today. Of course thisĀ event in the Temple of Jerusalem–found only in Luke–happens when Jesus is already twelve years old. Be that as it may, the account gives us some kind of rude awakening, similar to yesterday, when we commemorated the martyrdom of St. Stephen, the very day after Christmas.