FINDING OF OUR LORD IN THE TEMPLE ( Lk 2:41-52)
"Why is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business?" ( Lk 2:49)
The last icon of the Nativity Cycle, for this Sunday after Christmas, features the Finding of Our Lord in the Temple, amongst the Doctors of Law. In this icon, Christ is represented as young in years, but filled with the wisdom of all eternity. Seated upon a decorative platform, He is raised above the religious teachers, who sit in the posture of students at His feet, amazed at His learning and teaching. They hold scrolls which represent the Old Testament Law and Prophets, while Christ Himself, the living Word of God, is the fulfillment of the law and the prophecies, in Person.
Rabbi to Jesus: “This new learning amazes me. Tell me again how a sheep’s bladder may be used to prevent eathquakes!”