122 – “For this little ‘escapade’, Jesus probably had to beg forgiveness of his parents”

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).

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter in the various parts of our study

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I – What the saints and popes teach regarding the loss and finding of Jesus in the Temple
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


I – What the saints and popes teach about the loss and finding of Jesus in the Temple


Saint Thomas Aquinas

Calling the loss of Jesus in the temple as acts of His childhood is of a devilish mind and perverse will

Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Maria did not reprove Jesus as the heretics blasphemously assert

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Jesus secretly remained behind, to avoid appearing disobedient

Saint Aelred of Rievaulx

In this episode Jesus gives an example of humility and obedience and at the same time of readiness to give up one’s own will

Saint Bede the Venerable

Jesus does not blame his parents for seeking Him as their son, but compels them to raise the eyes of their mind

Saint Anthony of Padua

Jesus was always subject to St. Joseph and to the Virgin

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Mary yielded to Jesus not as to a boy but as unto God

Saint Aelred of Rievaulx

‘Son, why have you behaved so to us?’ – This question was not a reproach but an exclamation of love

John Paul II

The finding of Jesus in the Temple shows how He lived the Messianic mission

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Jesus lets us catch a glimpse of his divine sonship

John XXIII

Jesus is always found in the midst of men: Magister vester unus est Christus

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


Sacred Scripture

In Jesus there is no sin

Council of Chalcedon (Ecumenical IV)

Our Lord Jesus Christ: the same perfect in divinity and perfect in humanity, like unto men in all things but sin

Leo I

Jesus, God and man, assumed the form of a servant, without the defilement of sin

XIV Synod of Toledo

No one may either take away from the divinity or subtract anything from the humanity of Jesus Christ

Saint Ambrose of Milan

For Christ was it a mark of duty to obey man, or of weakness to obey God?

Benedict XVI

Jesus’ answer shows that he had done nothing unusual or disobedient in staying at the Temple

John Paul II

Jesus prepares his Mother for the mystery of the Redemption
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  1. When will anybody, especially any of our prelates, step up and rebuke Francis to his face? He is an absolute disgrace as a successor to St. Peter!

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