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).

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 man, as St. John says: “And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14).

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