The Goldsmith’s Son

Candlemas, 11th century illuminated Byzantine manuscript (Menologion of Basil II)

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Malachi 3:1-4; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40

Out of God’s furnace
Adam emerged,
Shining like silver and gold. 
Light of the Godhead
Pure from his core
Robed him in Glory Threefold.… Read the rest

Groping Towards the Light

Duccio, Disputation with the Doctors (1308-1311)

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Luke 2:41-51

The hidden years at Nazareth are shrouded in mystery. To what extent did Mary and Joseph realize that their son was divine? Luke’s Gospel tells us that when the boy was found in the temple after being missing for three days, “they did not understand what he said to them.”… Read the rest