|Pen and Ink Reflections
What might Christ look like as a teenager? Have you ever thought about that? The occasional modern film and book has sometimes considered it. Yet I suspect it is not one that most people, even Christians, ponder much. This is somewhat of a shame, especially in our contemporary world. For teenagers today are full of amazing life and diversity and face unprecedented levels of challenge and opportunity. So where among their gifts and struggles is God to be found? Where is the image of Christ to be seen among them? What is the gospel – ‘good news’ – for teenagers today? Do we have any answers to those queries I wonder? Maybe we might even ask whether some churches actually like teenagers? For teenagers are not always conspicuous in their presence among many church communities today. So what is it that we find difficult, and what is it that God might be trying to teach us through them? These are challenging questions for us as we reflect on today’s Gospel story, where Jesus, at age twelve, is on the very cusp of what today we call teenage years. What might God be saying through him to us today?...