At the holy season of his birth, our minds are turned to the presence of Christ that we might draw closer to him in a personal way. We feel him in our hearts and want to know him better.
We are used to understanding people as we look at their faces.
So what did Jesus look like? In art history around the world, all
cultures portray Jesus differently. In the Orient, mosaics of him show
him with upward slanted eyes and black hair. In the West, sometimes we
see him as blonde and blue eyed. One of the Catholic mystics, Catherine
Emmerick, who herself received the Stigmata (like St. Francis of Assisi
- which confirms her deep, close relationship with Christ) - said that
he had 'blonde' hair in her first Volume about his life and teachings.
Another mystic, saint who saw Christ in Visions said the artist's
Hoffman painting of Christ (the one often found in churches) is the
closest portrayal to his face. What can we see in his facial features
from that painting? The magnificent, compassionate eye texture in this painting reveal depth of holiness and Divine Love for all. His hair is
curly and dark; his eye color brown, as might have who was
born in Israel. His face is radiant and loving, and for ages other
artists have conveyed the same holiness - Rembrandt, Titian, Raphael. The
face shape is long, but not too narrow. This is the shape of a teacher
and guide. The forehead is high, which conveys depth of wisdom. The
mouth area is soft and full, which is kindness and affectionate.
a great personal witness the painting Hoffman gave us in the beautiful
face of Christ. Full of Divine Love and Blessings for the world.
your own holiday season be filled with this Divine Love, whether you
are Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Islamic, or following another spiritual