Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ
I think it’s quite intriguing to consider how Jesus developed from his childhood onward. As Luke says, Jesus grows in wisdom and stature[i], and Jesus also grows in freedom to be fully himself, fully alive. How Jesus perceives himself, and how he perceives others, and how others perceive him grows, and develops, and changes. People will change for good – we will change for good – when three things are present: when we are eagerly desirous or absolutely desperate to change; where we can imagine a thread reaching from our past to our present and into our future, which gives us a sense of continuity so that we don’t get lost. And then there’s one other important component in our being able to change, which I’ll say in a moment.