What I think Mary and Joseph were thinking two days after Jesus was born.
In our 21st century world, babies typically come home from the hospital two days after they are born, and “Real Life” begins.
I wonder what “Real Life” was for Mary and Joseph two days after Jesus was born.
Here’s how I imagine a conversation between them could have gone:
Mary Do we have any more diapers?
Joseph (waking up from sleeping) Huh….
Mary Joseph, look at me, do we have any more diapers?
Joseph Why do we need….? (yawning) Oh yeah…No, I’ll run right out to the… (snores)
Mary (nudging him) Joe…shhh, you’ll wake Jesus.
Joseph (sitting up) I’m here for the census with my betrothed Mary….
Mary Shhh…you were dreaming again…
Joseph Sorry…Ok…what did you need?
Joseph Uhm… anything else?
Mary Can you believe we’re doing this?
Joseph What? Sleeping in a barn? I told you I was sorry about not making a reservation.
Mary No. (pointing to Jesus) Him.
Joseph No, I can’t…
Mary What’s wrong?
Joseph Oh nothing, I’m just tired. I mean I’ve heard from everybody about “you are going to be so tired and he baby won’t sleep and on and on…” But seriously….really, I think we have to more tired than anyone, because you know how Barnabus and what’s her name…
Joseph Oh yeah…Bethany…remember how Barnabus was just one and on about “when little Eli was born, he was so cute but all the family just kept coming by and we got no sleep at all… And so I’m like really…FAMILY coming by is the big distraction…why don’t you try out woken up angels, and then just as we were finally getting Jesus to sleep here come all these shepherds…man those guys smelled like…sheep…
Mary I get it, you’re tired….I’m tired too. But just look at Him. Isn’t He the most amazing thing?
Joseph Sure, but here’s the thing…what part is God and what part is man? Because all I see so far is eat, poop, sleep, cry, at, poop, sleep, cry…
Mary Well what do you expect, He’s a baby.
Joseph You had the dream too. He’s also God’s son. Maybe he could just be more God-like instead of baby-like?
Mary Go get the diapers
Joseph I’m just saying….
Mary But we do need some diapers.
Joseph Got it, you would have through that maybe the angels could have planned ahead and brought some. When you go see a baby aren’t you supposed to bring a gift.
Mary Well, maybe some day someone will bring Him something, but we are His parents.
Joseph Ok, I’ll be back in a minute….