When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.1
And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.2
Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover.3
When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom.
After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.
Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.
When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
Everyone who heard him was amazed4 at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother5 said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father6 and I have been anxiously searching for you."
"Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?"7