The finding of Jesus in the temple is the only event that breaks the silence of the Gospels about the hidden years of Jesus. Here Jesus lets us catch a glimpse of the mystery of his total consecration to a mission that flows from his divine sonship: ‘Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s work?’ (Lk 2:49). ~The Catechism of the Catholic Church
For three days the parents of Jesus searched for him, not knowing where to find him. The fear and loss of Mary and Joseph would return. Two decades later the disciples of Jesus would know the same fear and loss: “They have taken the Lord,” Mary Magdalene says, “and we do not know where to find him!” (John 20:2).
Mary, the Mother of the Lord, would remember this moment. St. Luke tells us, “his mother kept all these things in her heart” (Luke 2:51). Mary is the memory of the Church, as Pope St. John Paul II puts it. Having been filled with the Holy Spirit since the Annunciation, Mary’s memory is not a faint grasping or darkened struggling. Filled with confidence, she passes on a true knowing, a fuller comprehension of the events of Jesus. Her quiet unbroken consideration gently probes what is at stake.