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Luke 2: As Usual

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Vasiliy Polenov: Among the Teachers

Vasiliy Polenov: Among the Teachers

Every year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they went to the festival as usual. When the festival was over, they started back home, but the boy Jesus stayed in Jerusalem. His parents did not know this; they thought that he was with the group, so they traveled a whole day and then started looking for him among their relatives and friends. They did not find him, so they went back to Jerusalem looking for him. (Luke 2:41-45)

With the words “as usual,” Luke tells us that Jesus’ family were faithful followers of the Torah and we wonder how deeply they understood that the child they were raising was God among us. We imagine that late night dialogs that took place between this mother and father. And we picture the conversation that surely took place between these parents and this child.

Today we pray for all those families who have no spiritual center. We pray for those who are prevented from finding solace in the physical presence of a spiritual community. We pray for those who use spirituality as a cudgel to punish others. And we pray for the wisdom of the young Jesus to enlighten our hearts and minds.

To learn more about this painting, click on the image. To suggest other images we might enjoy seeing, enter the painter and the name of the work as a the comment to this post.

Over the next few weeks we will be away from easy internet access but we will be pausing to read scripture and to pray and reflect at noon, keeping those in The Noontime Circle in mid-day prayer. You may want to click on the Connecting at Noon page on this blog at: https://thenoontimes.com/connecting-at-noon/ Or you may want to follow a series of brief posts that begins today, inspired by paintings of the life of Jesus Christ  that can be found at: http://www.jesus-story.net/painting_family.htm In these posts, we will have the opportunity to reflect on a scripture verse and an artist’s rendition of that event. Wishing you grace and love and peace in Christ Jesus.

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