On the passage from, "But why were you seeking me?" up to the point where it says, "Mary kept all these words in her heart."
MARY AND JOSEPH kept seeking Jesus "among the relatives"1. and did not find him. They looked "in the crowd"2. and could not find him. They looked "in the temple"3.--and not only "in the temple," but amid the teachers--and they find him "in the midst of the teachers."4. Wherever there are teachers, Jesus is found "in their midst," provided that the teacher sits "in the temple" and never goes out of it. Jesus benefited his teachers, and as he spoke in their midst taught those of whom he appeared to be asking questions. In some way, too, he impelled them to seek what they did not know, and to search out what up until then they could not know whether they understood or not.
2. So Jesus is found "in the midst of the teachers." Once he is found, he says to those who seek him, "Why were you seeking me? Did you not know that I should be in my Father's house?"5. First of all, we grasp the surface meaning of the passage. We should be armed against the impious heretics6. who say that the Creator, the God of the Law and the prophets, is not the Father of Jesus Christ. See! Here the Father of Christ is called the God of the temple. Valentinians7. should blush with shame when they hear Jesus say, "I should be in my Father's house."8.____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Homilies on Luke:Fragments on Luke. Contributors: Joseph T. Lienhard - Translator, Origen - Author. Publisher: Catholic University of America Press. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 1996. Page number: 84.