Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Sword pierces her heart

This window portrays the circumcision of Jesus and the prophecy of Simeon (Lk. 2:21-35). The upper panel shows the priest and the table where the circumcision took place. Simeon is taking the Child Jesus from his mother, Mary, while Joseph - a very young looking Joseph - looks on. The central panel shows a sword poised at Our Blessed Lady's heart, (verse 35) "and you yourself a sword will pierce". The window is in the Lady Chapel at Maryknoll. It is a great example of the use of the imagination and emotions to enflesh the Living Word of God that the Scriptures contain.