One of the great treasures of our faith is a legacy of beautiful art which tries to both point us to the One who is infinitely beautiful – and to bring to life the characters and stories which make up salvation history. But like any still image, they only tell part of the story. The creche scene many of us keep in our homes at this time of year can’t possibly bring to us the smells and sounds of a typical barn: a place where animals eat, sleep, and do their business… but more than that, this first “family photo” of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus doesn’t convey the whole story.
From the moment the angel Gabriel greeted Mary it was clear that this event was meant to leave Mary and Joseph forever changed. [Read more…]