The only episode in up to 30 years of Jesus’ life.
The first words we know Jesus spoke.
The first public revelation initiated by Jesus.
The only words we know of Jesus’ adolescence.
The first time we know he asked a question (two questions, actually!)
The first time Jesus is the main protagonist.
The first time we know he mentioned his Father.
The first time we know he made an independent decision.
The first time we know he engaged in public debate.
The first time he (likely) celebrated Passover.
The first time he (likely) went on a pilgrimage.
The last time we hear about his foster father, Joseph.
In a way, the first time Jesus breaks Mary’s heart.
And the only time Mary expresses her suffering.