JANUARY 6, 2017
HAPPY NEW YEAR AND FEAST OF EPIPHANY
MY SISTER MARY SENT THIS IMAGE AS HER CHRISTMAS CARD IN ONE RECENT YEAR. SHE IMITATED THE STYLES OF RENAISSANCE EUROPE'S PAINTERS. SHE DECKED OUT THE THREE KINGS IN RICH AND COLORFUL DRESS. BUT WHEN THE KINGS ARRIVED AT THE CRECHE, THOSE EUROPEAN PAINTERS HAD NOBODY PAYING ANY ATTENTION TO THEM. ALL EYES FOCUSED ON THE CHILD.
AND HE COULD PASS AS PLASTER OF PARIS. THIS SET BELOW WAS A PRESENT TO ME FROM MY OTHER ARTISTIC SISTER WHO BETTER CAPTURED THE SIMPLE SCENE AS PRESENTED IN THE GOSPEL
FROM A SERMON OF SAINT AUGUSTINE WHO COMMENTS ON HIS INABILITY TO CONTEMPLATE THE FULNESS OF GOD:
We cannot yet contemplate the fact that the Son was begotten by the Father before the dawn, so let us hold on to the fact that he was born of the Virgin in the night. Since we are not yet ready for the banquet of our Father, let us acknowledge the manger of our Lord Jesus Christ.