Epiphany 1 (modified from 2011)
January 8, 2017 A+D
In the Name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
A perfectly obedient child is easy to neglect. And so it is that Our Lord’s parents assume He is with them.
Anxiety and guilt transform us. It is our fight or flight instinct. We usually choose to fight. An awful lot of arguments would never happen if the person in the wrong just fessed up, but when you call a drunk a drunk, rather than bringing him to recognition, he usually gets mad. Throw a rock into a pack of dogs. The only that yelps is the one you hit.
St. Mary yelps in the Temple. She is feeling the burning shame of having left a twelve-year old unattended for 3 days. What did He eat? Where did He sleep? There is no way to get a hold of him. She can’t call. She has to go back. What if He starts home while they head to Jerusalem and they pass on the road? What if He holes up, where will He be?
In light of that pain and grief, when she fi