I knew this old guy years ago who claimed that Jesus was a perfect person. By perfect he meant, and I am quoting here, “Jesus never had sex, he never sweated, and he never went to the bathroom”. If true this probably created quite a stir at Mary and Joseph’s house. ‘We gotta get this kid to a hospital’. The man I quoted was not a Catholic, and admittedly had some strange ideas. But it does raise the question of how human was Jesus?
There are some experiences, not just the biological ones mentioned, that are so common as to be considered universal. If human would Jesus have experienced them. One would assume that Jesus was toilet trained like every other child, and had all the usual childhood experiences. There are some sins that are so universal I think it fair to say everyone has committed. On this site a lot of people make a really big deal about masturbation. But it is something I think everyone who ever lived has done. Its a sin probably even Pope Benedict has been guilty of. Although one would imagine not recently. I mean back as a teen-aged boy.
So how human was Jesus. Do Catholics have the same kinds of ideas of his perfection as my long ago friend? Did he have most of the human experiences we have. Did he sin? Its hard to imagine a human who never gave his Mother a dirty look when told to clean his room.
Oh and also, who does the pope go to for confession? I’d like to think its the youngest, least experienced Priest he can find. But I am kind of a romantic fellow.