Meditating with Giorgione’s painting 'The Adoration of the Shepherds’

Imagine: You are bundled in your warmest coat, hat and gloves. It is the week before Christmas in 1938 and you are shopping for the perfect gift for your loved ones along Fifth Avenue in New York City. You peek into the S. H. Kress & Co. department store window for a few ideas and instead come face-to-face with this early 16th-century painting, The Adoration of the Shepherds (1505).

Jesus comes into our imperfect world

The birth of Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s promise to King David to establish a kingdom that would have no end. Jesus, the Son of God, comes to heal the wounds of sin and division, to cast down the mighty from their thrones, and to lift up the lowly.

A baby that speaks

Thanks to the evangelists, we can read the main teachings and actions of Jesus throughout his life. I believe, however, that Jesus spoke more than ever as a newborn in the manger in Bethlehem, when he had not yet learned to communicate with words. He was the Word made into…
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