By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

What Does It Mean To You?

The following painting by a Flemish artist of the 17th century caught my eye in an historic Madrid church--specifically, in the church´s eucharistic chapel. (By the way, you get the feeling sometimes that there is a Catholic church on every block in Madrid--all of the ones, both humble and grand, that I have stepped into have had stunning altar pieces. I have yet to come across a non-Catholic church or a non-Christian house of worship.)

To me, the children helping Jesus the shepherd mean that if any of us, whether clergy or lay people, are to assist in the mission of Jesus, then we are to be those children, to be like children as the Gospel directs. The earnest innocence and unpretentiousness of those child-shepherds is worth savoring. And notice that even the lowly dog plays a role. Finally, the earnest expession of Jesus in the painting strikes me as true to the heart of the Savior who had so many run-ins with the know-it-alls of his time.

If you plan to attend World Youth Day in Madrid in August, put San Ginés Church (see above link) on your list of places to visit.