Schooled for Sacrifice by Anthony Esolen

Column: Illuminations

Schooled for Sacrifice

by Anthony Esolen

I've always been moved by that passage in Luke describing what the boy Jesus did when Joseph and Mary went up to Jerusalem for the Passover, and he stayed behind to listen to the rabbis, to question them, and to answer their questions in return. In me, sinner that I am, and I suppose in most boys, it can be explained by a desire to wriggle free of mother and father, to strike forth on your own and take the adventures as they come. In Jesus, it was a desire to strike forth into the things of his Father. "I must be about my Father's business," he says to Joseph and Mary, who d . . .