Letters to Jesus (Perspectives and Perceptions) -11
Curiosity is a built-in human trait. We want to know! Very often we are driven by curiosity; but also very often (once our curiosity is satisfied) it’s not the end of it.
The scriptures give us wonderful details about the important events, teachings, and actions of Your life, but there are so many gaps about which I am extremely curious. We always want to know everything about those we love. Our curiosity always seeks something new to know. I would like especially to know about the routine daily stuff of Your life. What were all those years in Nazareth like? What types of education did You receive? What was the routine of the carpenter shop? What thoughts and/or plans moved You to John’s baptism? What was Your routine for 40 days and nights in the desert? The fact that You withdrew from everything to be alone intrigues me. I’m convinced that in a deep spiritual relationships with God there is a compelling urge of great strength to be alone with Him. Contemplatives, cenobites, and even retreatants all bear witness to this urge. We wish to be alone with God; hence the desert. It was apparently essential for You to balance Your time on earth between people and God. It is a lesson for us.
Furthermore, if we only knew, I would venture a guess that many of the “gaps” in what we know about Your life and about which we are so curious, were filled with time You spent alone with the Father. Your whole life was the perfect prayer, but the scriptures give us very little about the details of Your prayer life. I am sure there is so much more than the few times the gospels mention Your praying. What we know is enough, but I’m still curious!