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Leaving Nazareth

“Mom, I am thinking that when we go to Jerusalem for Passover,” Jesus, 12 years-old, casually spoke, “I'd stay a few days after the family leaves to study with the rabbis around the temple.” 

Mary, kneading bread, replied, “Jesus, you know that is not possible. Your dad needs you in the shop. He's got that big project along the Galilee." 
“But Mom, it would only be a couple days. I am sick of Nazareth. It has nothing. The schools stink. The scrolls are old and meaningless. The teachers old and meaningless. Jerusalem is so much better.”
“Yes, I know you're bored. But you need to learn to be content with what you got. You are 12 years-old. Your dad needs. I need you. Nazareth needs you.”
Jesus took these words of his mom and suppressed his immediate desire to lash out any more than he had. He was contented in most ways with his life in Nazareth. But not when it came to his quenchless curiosity and his deep-set need to learn about the world and about the God who he was taugh…
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