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Here’s a unique take on the “hidden life” of Jesus that I read just now from one of the Brothers at the Society of St. John the Evangelist. Even though we have been told that Christ was/is “fully human and fully divine” I wonder how many of us can stretch our imaginations to think of him as bumbling. A worthy exercise today, perhaps. Give it a try.

What was going on with Jesus during those twenty “hidden” years when he was growing up? We don’t know for sure. But his humanity must parallel our own, or he cannot be our Savior. I presume that Jesus was as lost as many of us were, and for long stretches of time. I presume that Jesus made as many mistakes as I have, as you have, in finding his way into life. I presume that Jesus was as much as clueless as you were, as I was, trying to find and claim his identity and destiny. Lots of bumbling. — Br. Curtis Almquist