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R.H. Panel - I am

We read in Luke 2:41-52 that, when he was 12, Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast with Mary and Joseph. He stayed behind questioning the teachers in the temple courts and Mary and Joseph were not best pleased when they realized that he wasn't with them on the journey home. His reply to their admonishment is “Didn't you know I had to be in my Father&apos's house?”. He is 12 years old and as with all 12 year olds he is beginning to know himself and who he is − the fulfilment of the prophesies in the sacred writings of the Jewish nation. In the alcove I have pictured the Star of David, showing Jesus' lineage from King David, and the Menorah, the symbol of Judaism. Perhaps the teacher/priest is challenging Jesus' confidence. This could be the first of the many challenges to his authority. I remember myself the challenge of realizing that my daughters had their own opinions and they didn't always coincide with mine! On the hill − the peaceful sheep and also, in the distance, The Mount of Olives where Jesus spent his last night with the Disciples in the garden of Gethsemane. In the sky - a dove, the symbol of the Holy Spirit, hovering and waiting for Jesus' Baptism when he was a man.

Ros Baldwin 2014