Humanity in the Nativity
When the twins were little, we were running errands. We started noticing quite a few nativity scenes in people’s yards. Fully enjoying it, I decided to keep driving around searching for the next nativity scene we could find—it was a holy search!
“Look, Mom! There’s another one!”
“Wow, look at that one! That’s so cool!”
I felt the presence of God as my young boys were getting so much enjoyment out of our little, impromptu Christmas search. As a teacher at heart, I’ve always been one to cram in life lessons whenever I could. This moment was no exception.
- The immaculate conception.
- The innkeeper declaring no vacancy.
- The three wise men bringing gifts to the Baby King!
Enraptured, they seem to hang on every word. Then from the mouth of my preschooler in the backseat of our blue minivan came,
“Mom, did Jesus poop?!”
Wait, what?!?!! And without giving it much thought, I almost scolded them. It seemed almost blasphemous to talk about pooping and Jesus in the same sentence. Having all boys, my days are filled with trying to teach them when and where jokes about bodily functions are appropriate. Matter of fact, when one of them discovered he could make fart sounds with his armpit, it was a momentous occasion—to him anyway.
Jesus’ Humanity Revealed to a Child
That’s when the real life lesson happened. The Holy Spirit filled our van, and there was a holy hush. I said, “Yes, yes, Jesus pooped!” That was a kairos moment for sure. Emmanuel, God With Us, gave my twin preschoolers an opportunity to know Jesus’ humanity as well as His divinity.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14).
He also told us, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).
Instead of cramming down our kids’ throats every life lesson we feel driven to teach them with mere words, let’s trust the process God has in front of us. He is at work in their little hearts and minds already. Let’s lead them on a journey of discovery! May we become like little children at the wonder of this Christmas season, and we may even learn something along the way! May we discover along with them Jesus, fully human and fully divine.
Merry Christmas, and may the discovery that Jesus pooped (His humanity) thrill hearts everywhere!