Preparing for Christmas Day 16

Preparing for Christmas Day 16

Take a look at this picture and reflect on the following:

Saint Joseph in the Carpenter’s Shop by Georges de La Tour pictures for us Jesus as he watches his earthly father work. As the young Jesus holds a candle, we imagine he understands his future as the Light of the World.

  • Take in the painting. Notice the structure, placement of people and objects, the use of light and shadow. 
  • What catches your attention? What do you think a conversation between these two would have been like?
  • What thoughts and emotions does this image invoke within you?
  • Joseph was willing to respond in obedience to God’s call even though it would be difficult to believe and lead to a more challenging life.
  • How would your life be different if we responded in obedience to all that God has revealed?

Copied from “Meditation on the Birth of Jesus” by Mirian Dixon & Margaret Campbell published by Renovare


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