“Son, why have you done this to us?
Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”
And he said to them,
“Why were you looking for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
On the feast of Saint Joseph,reading this one excerpt from the gospel can take on a unique significance. Jesus’ “Father” according to doctrine is God. Saint Joseph, husband of Mary takes on a fathers role in caring for the young Jesus. “Your Father and I have been looking for you” is of course Mary addressing the missing child, but doesn’t that also have a greater implication? Were they as members of the Old Testament community also looking with great anxiety for the Christ, the Messiah? In their journey were Joseph and Mary also not constantly in search of their God? Jesus answer too can be interpreted in several ways. In one interpretation my Fathers house is the temple where he was sitting, and in another it is “the house” where he resides with Mary and Joseph. The puzzle, “Why were you looking for me” might be that they suffered great anxiety in searching for Jesus son of God, when he is with them always. That house was not a distant place or even a structure, but instead gods constant presence within their hearts.