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.