Monday, February 2, 2009

Feast of the Presentation

"Her hands steadied the first steps of him who steadied the earth to walk upon; her lips helped the Word of God to form his first human words. - opening sentence of John of Damascus - snitched from here.

This is the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus when parents were required to present their child at the Temple on the 40th day. Here, Jesus is recognized as the Messiah by Simeon and Anna.

Looking at this artwork I like to think that Jesus is comforting his mother after her hearing Simeon tell her that a sword would pierce her heart.

Artwork: Mother and Child Reading the Word - Michael D. O'Brien

1 comment:

kristin said...

How very lovely...thank you for sharing.