Today’s Gospel gives us a picture of the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus. They are a normal Jewish family of the time and care about their religious practice. They go down to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover with other. Joseph and Mary are worried when they do not see Jesus and look for him till they find him in the Temple. Jesus obeys them and goes back to Nazareth with them where he remains with them, is educated by them and grows to maturity before beginning his ministry. Luke is careful in his writing to show that Christianity was not anti-Jewish. Luke shows us that the parents of Jesus and Jesus himself are good Jews and do what is expected of every Jew, namely to make a yearly pilgrimage to Jerusalem to participate in the celebration of the Passover. The Passover celebrated the liberation from slavery in Egypt (Ex 12:21-28). The people recalled this past liberation and looked forward to the time when the Messiah would really free them from the slavery of sin.