We can easily understand Mary's and Joseph's sorrow on realizing that Jesus had disappeared. They were filled
with apprehension as they searched for their son. Those sorrowful days were a premonition of the time that
would intervene between Calvary and the Resurrection. Suddenly, they hear his dear voice. There he is! They
are greatly comforted, and their pent-up emotions overflow with great joy. In this scene, St. Luke uses the word
"parents" a number of times to designate the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. But this word has its deepest
meaning when Mary tells her Son: "Behold, your father and I have been seeking you in sorrow.” "Father." That
was the word St. Joseph would love to hear most. He would smile and gaze fondly at Jesus when he called him
"Father." As St. Josemarίa wrote: "Joseph loved Jesus as a father loves his son and showed his love by giving
him the best he had. Joseph, caring for the child as he had been commanded, made Jesus a craftsman,
transmitting his own professional skill to him. So the neighbors of Nazareth will call Jesus both faber and fabri
filius, the craftsman and the son of the crafts- man." Jesus worked in Joseph's workshop and by Joseph's side.
Grace must have worked through Joseph, so that he was able to fulfill this task of the human upbringing of the
Son of God!
"For Jesus must have resembled Joseph: in his way of working, in the features of his character, in his way of
speaking. Jesus' realism, his eye for detail, the way he sat at table and broke bread, his preference for using
everyday situations to give doctrine—all this reflects his childhood and the influence of Joseph."
Afterwards, the Gospel says that Jesus "went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them;
and his mother kept all these things carefully in her heart."