December 30th, 2018

Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity – Holy Family – Year C

Let us look for Jesus and find him as the One who searches. To meet him we must enter into his way of looking for the Father, we must enter into his house.

1Sam 1:20-22.24-28; Ps 83 (84); 1 Jn 3:1-2.21-24; Lk 2:41-52

Luke presents us with a search for Jesus. Or a search “of Jesus” in both possible meanings: Jesus is in fact the one who is sought by Mary and Joseph, but he is also the one who seeks. Search for his Father, how to do his will, how to live as a son in his home. In fact, when his parents finally find him, they see him “listening and questioning” the teachers of Israel. ‘Listening’ and ‘interrogating’: two research verbs that reveal the fundamental attitude of Jesus, the hidden desire in his heart. Luke thus seems to suggest this idea: to really find Jesus we must enter into his way of seeking the Father. He calls us to look for him, with him—with him and also like him. His way of looking is symbolically expressed by the two geographic poles present in this page of Luke: Jerusalem, the house of God, and Nazareth, the home of men. If in Jerusalem Jesus questioned priests and doctors, in Nazareth he questioned the simple and working life of his fellow citizens. God seeks him thus: holding together Jerusalem and Nazareth, the house of God and the houses of men, the wisdom that descends from the heaven of God and that which rises from the land of men.

Commentary by Comunità di Dumenza

Translation by f. Mark Hargreaves, Prinknash Abbey

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