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25. Christ Is Born.

This Italian Baroque nativity painting using light in an intriguing manner to mark the Lord’s birth. All brightness seems to come from the Baby Himself in this image, who is the Light of the world.

As is so often the case in religious art, this work depicts the Holy Family and those attending the nativity in the artist’s own ethnicity. And maybe that’s fitting, as a metaphor for the way the Lord meets each of us right where we are. As mortals, we have always needed Him, so as a mortal he appeared.

And that’s the beauty of Christmas – the incarnation of the Lord, who took on human form such as ours and lived to die for us.

Merry Christmas. May He be ever praised.

The Birth of Christ, by Carlo Saraceni, c1610

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