When Jesus Was a Kid

From time to time, like all parents, I get frustrated with my kids. You know the drill – dirty socks in unlikely places; sudden disappearances when chores need to be done and convenient bouts of selective memory.

It makes me wonder what Mary and Joseph experienced when Jesus was a child. Although always divine, Jesus was nevertheless human, and as such needed to learn, just as every child does, by making mistakes.

I can picture Joseph searching his workshop for a tool that young Jesus had borrowed and not returned.

Mary wiping up Jesus’ spilled milk, bread crumbs or perhaps honey dripped on the table.

Mary probably wondered how one kid could get his clothes so dirty and Joseph was amazed at how quickly He outgrew sandals.

Makes me feel like I’m in good company.

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One response to “When Jesus Was a Kid

  1. Two thousand years ago, two Jewish ladies were having a conversation in the marketplace. One said, “Have you heard about that brash young man named Jesus who some say is the messiah?” The other lady said, ” Yeah, I knew Jesus when he was just a snotty-nose kid who lived next door. His mother was always yelling at him for not taking out the trash.” Moral of the story: You are never a hero in your own hometown.

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