Christ is born! In this painting, we see the newborn Jesus on a bed of hay wrapped in cloths. Mary and Joseph create a protective space for Jesus with their bodies as they rest on the hay. Jesus, the light of the world, illuminates the Holy Family against the world’s surrounding darkness. It is a touching, intimate scene of family love.
Interestingly enough, this painting has no manger—no wooden structure of hay like we are accustomed to seeing. That is because, to God, the entire world is a manger. Our entire world is that dusty, hay-filled box with creatures and animals of all kinds. And yet, God loves us so much, that He humbled himself into our messy existence in order to bring us salvation.
I hope you have enjoyed these meditations over the past few days. May you be blessed by Emmanuel this day and in the year to come.
March 23rd, 2020
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