December 31

                                          DO YOU EVER WONDER?

DO YOU EVER WONDER what happened in the life of Jesus from the time he was a toddler until he was twelve?

Did he cry when he stubbed his toe?  Was he sometimes messy?  What were his favorite games?  Did he daydream?  Did he have a special friend?  Did he play tricks on others or find it hard to admit when he was wrong?

                                                         ODDS AND ENDS

Both Matthew and Luke have Gabriel telling us about the birth of John the Baptist and Mary’s pregnancy.

Only Matthew gives us the story of the Magi, the killing of the innocents, and Jesus’ stay in Egypt.

Only Luke tells us of Caesar Augustus’s demand for a new census, the crowded inns in Bethlehem, birth customs, and the shepherds who became the baby’s first visitors.