43 When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; 44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him.
Mary and Joseph returned from Jerusalem with a ‘supposition’ that Jesus was in their company. They prolonged a day’s journey keeping in their heart the assumption that Jesus was travelling back with them. But we have to note here that Joseph and Mary did not verify their supposition until they traveled for almost a day. It was only hours later that they realized that Jesus was not with them.
In life, we also so often move with a supposition that Jesus is walking with us. But do we verify every hour/moment whether Jesus is really with us? We see, hear and do things we like, but do we realize the absence of Jesus in our wrong turns? We think Jesus is in our company, but are we moving with Him or are we alone?Its time for an introspection into our life about the presence of Jesus with us.
As soon as Joseph and Mary realized the absence , they first ‘sought’/’looked’ for Jesus among others in their company. When they were unsuccessful, they returned all the way back to Jerusalem ‘Searching’ Him and found Jesus three days later in the temple of God.
Similarly, if we are also missing the presence of God in our life,
1. Sought or Look for Jesus in your life
2. Return back on the way you came and look from where you started
3. Search Him
It took Joseph and Mary 3 days to find Jesus. We may also have to sacrifice a bit of our time but surely, we can also meet Jesus in our faithful search for Him.
Let us not be caught in ‘suppositions’ but let us embrace the reality !
Seek the presence of God in our life…
God bless you…