Instead of returning home with his family, he stayed in Jerusalem, in the Temple, causing great distress to Mary and Joseph who were unable to find him. For this little “escapade”, Jesus probably had to beg forgiveness of his parents. The Gospel doesn’t say this, but I believe that we can presume it. Mary’s question, moreover, contains a certain reproach, revealing the concern and anguish which she and Joseph felt.Jesus is God. God does not apologize because He is never in the wrong, never causes offense (although some may find reason to be offended by Him).
When Pope Francis imagined Mary shaking her fist at God from the foot of the cross, he was pulling the same trick. The characters in the gospels, whether Mary or Jesus, must first and foremost be human.
Pope Francis does not exhibit much in the way of a sense of the supernatural. His thinking seems unusually concrete for an ordinary Catholic with a healthy devotional life, let alone a pope. Perhaps he has difficulty understanding the stories. He knows the words, but he cannot follow the music.
Another possibility is that he is trying to make the gospel figures "accessible," to his audience and retain their attention by turning them into entertaining, purely human stories. It's almost like he has WAIT FOR LAUGHS penciled in after, "For this little “escapade”, Jesus probably had to beg forgiveness of his parents." Ha, yes, that little scamp Jesus! Good one Holy Father. I can totally see my boy doing something like that.
Whatever his reasons, the gospel doesn't need to be spiced up, dumbed down or obscured with ill-informed speculation.
Our man Jorge -- still putting the "lio" in Bergoglio.