I'm singing at the Midnight Mass tonight and headed for Christmas Mass at 10 AM tomorrow. In case, I don't get to my blog tomorrow, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! May the miracle of the incarnation permeate our hearts anew this Christmas.
This image by Bernardino Luini is one display at our our own National Gallery of Art. Baby Jesus is holding a carnation. In the Middle Ages this flower was a symbol of Christ's cruxifiction. Thus, the art is showing in this painting that Christ is freely consenting to his ultimate end even as a young child. (For more information on this and other religious images, check out the NGA website at www.nga.gov.)