Today, in most Catholic countries, there will be faulty interpretations of the Finding of the Lord in the Temple. These sermons or meditations in booklets will state that Mary was scared and anxious for herself, as any mom might be.
Fear and anxiety come from a soul, a mind, a heart in sin and imperfections, in either Original Sin or actual sin or in concupiscence.
Mary, Our Mother, never experienced the consequences of Original Sin. She never was outside the Presence of the Trinity, having the Indwelling of the Trinity from the moment of her Immaculate Conception. She had perfect virtue from the moment of her Immaculate Conception.
She did not doubt Christ, Her Son, as God. She knew Who He Is.
She totally trusted in Divine Providence. Her question in the Scriptures is not one of fear or anxiety for her own sake, but of a follower of Christ, the Son of God, wondering why Christ had stayed behind in the Temple. She wanted to know why Jesus had acted in this way. She also understood that Christ would suffer.
Look at the words. 48 And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
Why sorrowing? Because Mary knew from the prophecy of Simeon that Christ would suffer. She was not suffering for her own sake, but for the sake of Christ Himself. All her suffering came not from her own imperfections, as she had none, but from the sufferings of Christ Himself. But, she had not perfect knowledge, as she is not God. She was a perfect human being.
Mary’s suffering was not from her own lack of Faith, but suffering for the sake of Christ, Who may have been facing the hatred of His People. She did not have God’s knowledge of time and place, but she knew Jesus would suffer.
We fall into fear mostly from a lack of faith. Mary had perfect faith.
We fall into worry because we doubt Divine Providence. Mary had perfect trust in Divine Providence.
But, after the Presentation, Mary kept in her heart the words of Simeon that her own heart would be pierced, that Jesus was the Awaited One, the Messiah, which she knew already. But, that Christ would suffer was told to her by Simeon. Mary was aware of the coming Passion.
To suffer for Christ is not the same as suffering for one’s own sins. Mary never had to suffer for her own sins, as she was sinless.
She understands the love of a mother, more than we do. Look at the Finding of Christ in light of the Presentation. Because Mary suffered for Christ, God gave her a particular grace no one else has-the ability to know the hearts and minds of all. This particular grace is connected to her being the Mediatrix of All Grace.
Look at Luke 2:34-35 and at 22-40 with the eyes of Mary.
34 And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted;
35 And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.
She had to learn what Christ being God meant in relationship with the world which would refuse Him-the Sign of contradiction; and Christ was teaching her. She kept these things in her heart, pondering on the wonder of having the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity as a Son. In her contemplation of her Son, Mary would come to know the God-Man more and more. She is asking the question we all ask-why is there suffering in the world, even the suffering of Christ?
Christ answers her as He should as God. He is telling Mary that He is in control at all times, even if He faces the Passion later on. His Father’s business for Him, the Second Person in the Blessed Trinity is revealing Himself as the fulfillment of the prophets, and suffering for the sake of all mankind.. Mary is learning that the God-Man is in perfect control of all His actions.
48 And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
49 And he said to them: How is it that you sought me? did you not know, that I must be about my father’s business?
50 And they understood not the word that he spoke unto them.
51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart.
Mary learned through contemplation and union. She became united with Christ, Her Bridegroom and Her Son. She learned Who the Trinity Is through the Annunciation, and what Christ had to do in the world through this episode of the Child Christ in the Temple.
Her capacity as Mediatrix, secondary to that of Christ, the Perfect Mediator, is earned through her continual yes to Christ and yes to allowing Him to be in the world which would reject Him.
She questions Christ allowing her to suffer for His sake. She is being made ready for the Passion and Death of Christ.
This event in today’s reading allows Mary to give Christ to the world at the Wedding Feast at Cana. Mary begins Christ’s public life which she knows will lead to His being rejected by His Own People.
Mary had many years to ponder the words of her twelve-year old Son. At the right time, she knew her role in the Coming of the Kingdom and in the Salvific Act on Golgotha.