GTA Advent Journey Day 12: The Mission

The Alba Madonna, 1509 (Oil on panel, Raphael (1483-1520) National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Image courtesy of the NGA Open Acess
The Alba Madonna, 1509 (Oil on panel, Raphael (1483-1520) National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Image courtesy of the NGA Open Acess

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

This painting by Raphael is from the High Renaissance and demonstrates a perfection of composition and form that is unequaled. The colors, setting and expressions are so gentle…so pleasing. One clue to the meaning of any painting is to notice the direction of the eyes of each figure in the scene.

Here we see the baby Jesus reaching out to take the cross. He is accepting his future, and in this same moment his cousin John and mother Mary are seeing him accept his future. Mary is wrapped in a royal blue robe that symbolizes this baby is Heaven sent. The divine became human for the love of our souls.

Take this image into your heart and let the knowledge of it shine through you as you worship our Lord today.

God’s peace and blessings:)

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