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Liturgical day: Holy Family (C)

Gospel text (Lk 2,41-52): (…) When Jesus was twelve years old, he went up with them according to the custom for this feast. After the festival was over, they returned, but the boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem and his parents did not know it (…). On the third day they found him in the Temple (…). His parents were very surprised when they saw him and his mother said to him, «Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I were very worried while searching for you».
Then he said to them, «Why were you looking for me? Do you not know that I must be in my Father's house?». But they did not understand this answer. Jesus went down with them, returning to Nazareth, and he continued to be subject to them. As for his mother, she kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and age, and in divine and human favor.

Jesus Christ, true God and true man

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI)
(Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today it is important what Luke is saying about how Jesus grew not only in age but also in wisdom. It was clear, as a twelve year old boy, that with his answer He knew the Father – God – from within: as Son, He lives in a “one on one” with the Father. He’s in his presence. He sees Him. John says that He is the only begotten, “who is the same as God and is at the Father’s side”, and that is why he can reveal all about Him.

But on the other hand, it is also true that his wisdom grows. As man He does not live in an abstract omniscience but rooted in a particular history, in a place and at a time at different stages of human life. This shows very clearly that he has thought and learned in a human way.

-Despite the mystery, in this narrative it is specifically expressed that Jesus Christ is true man and true God as formulated in the faith of the Church.