Every priest who loves the Word of God meditates on the Gospel to be proclaimed, which he will subsequently explain to the faithful. Besides the knowledge gleaned through his personal study, the Holy Spirit normally inspires him with a deeper understanding regarding the happenings in the life of the Redeemer, illuminating him in relation to the message of salvation, to read ‘between the lines’.
However, when we hear ‘reading between the lines’ that coincides with pronouncements denounced by the holy doctors of the Church as heretical, we simply ask: From where is the preacher receiving his inspiration? Or better yet, who is inspiring him?
If anyone would dare to label the episode of the loss and finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple as an ‘escapade’, it is because they think that Jesus acted as a normal youth. However, this hypothesis was declared by Saint Thomas Aquinas, citing a certain Father of the Church, as diabolical.
If someone conjectures that Jesus asked for Mary’s pardon for having stayed in the Temple, it’s because he really believes that Our Blessed Mother reprehended Him, or that Jesus had repented for what he had done. Such a conjecture, however, was declared heretical by Saint Alphonsus Liguori…
We had thought of giving another title to this post…but this already seems too irreverent as it is. No, the Child Jesus was not a mischievous youngster who fooled his naïve parents, who barely were able to reprimand him!
Let us remain firm in our love for the teachings of the Church and never stray from its holy doctrines. Let us seek to become more familiar with them and imitate the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, who ‘kept all of these things in her heart’ (Lk 2:51).
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II – Jesus could never have been mistaken, nor would he have committed a reprehensible act. Therefore, he never asked his parents for pardon due to the loss and finding in the Temple