The Boy Jesus – A New Samuel
Luke chooses two stories of Jesus’ boyhood–the Presentation in the temple and the Finding in the Temple–
There must have been other stories about his childhood. The tradition says St Luke gathered the information about the nativity from the Blessed Mother herself.
Why did he choose those two stories?
Because, along with the principle first established by Matthew, St Luke is intent on showing how Christ the Lord recapitulates or gathers up the whole Old Testament story into himself.
Matthew shows Jesus to be the new Moses. John the Baptist the new Elijah. Jesus the Shepherd-King is the new David. The one to whom