Coming Together for Christ


Is it too late to wish you guys a Merry Christmas???

(Probably, alas!)

Well, here’s hoping that you had a Merry Christmas! Our Christmas was a little strange, because the baby managed to get a cold slightly before Christmas (don’t worry, it was just a cold and nothing worse!) and then it started spreading all around. (So that is why I haven’t been bothering you with art lately!) But we managed to have a fun season nonetheless, and our children are already looking forward to next year’s Christmas season!

Anyway, since I am way behind with pretty much everything, I wanted to share this picture with you…

The Adoration of the Magi, by Domingos António de Sequeira, Museo Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon, Portugal. Via
The Adoration of the Magi, by Domingos António de Sequeira, Museo Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon, Portugal.

There’s a lot of reasons why I love this painting… I mean, just look at it. Isn’t it beautiful? The jewel-like tones, the way the star seems to shine a light, the way the Holy Family seemed to shine out of what is a very busy composition!

But I think what I like about this particular painting in this particular season is the throngs of people that have all come together. Look at all those people! It’s not just the Magi who are here to adore Christ… it’s so many other people! Look at how they are all coming together! It looks like the whole world has come together to unite and worship Baby Jesus, who is held aloft in His mother’s arms! Perhaps you can even look a little bit closer to see if you can find yourself in the picture? (I am the woman who is sitting down and trying to sneak a peek while holding a wiggly baby who is trying his best to wiggle out of my arms!)

And this year, it seems all the more meaningful to me to see those throngs of people together. Because of the cold that the baby had, we stayed home instead of going to mass, and now it looks likely that we will miss every single mass of the Christmas season, since once again the baby has the cold… which, honestly makes me sad, because I love mass so much. The peace that the Presence of Jesus gives to me is hard to explain, but it is there in the Church, and I cannot deny it. To miss that peace from that Presence for so long feels awful.

And yet…

This painting reminds me of the fact that, even though this particular Christmas season has been incredibly weird, the whole world still came together, in the odd ways that we have right now, to celebrate the birthday of our Savior, Jesus Christ. In fact, millions upon millions around the world celebrated it this year!

No, we couldn’t do much to celebrate this particular Christmas… in fact, honestly, if your Christmas was anything like mine, it was quite a humbling Christmas indeed. And yet, we, like the Magi, came anyway to pay our respects to Christ, who is the Savior of the World, and to acknowledge His Kingship over us all.

And perhaps this enough.

May He grant our hearts peace for this coming new year, no matter what troubles await us next!

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of four, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer.

2 thoughts on “Coming Together for Christ

  • January 13, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Beautiful, thanks for this. Hope you and your family had a blessed Season.

  • January 16, 2021 at 2:48 am

    It’s amazing what he suffered for mankind that we may be reminded to love one another. Bring the trinity together and glory to Our Father and worship Him as 1 people of God. For truly we are. He has made so eyes may see and ears hear that truth. Seek Christ Our living savior who has fulfilled all so that none may stay in darkness. Let your hearts not be hard. He came so all who believe in the living Word may see as Father, Son, Holy Spirit are 1 so are Islam, Jewish, Christians. For Christ had defeated death 2021 years ago! Truly His kingdom awaits all who love Him. For He is The way, Truth, Life. He will come again in glory. Let every ear who hears hear and counselors of men testimony of self laid aside. Reconsider living gospels of God. This is truth and why He suffered Death to conquer our fear the devil enslaved man with.

    To My Savior may you be forever blessed. The devils temptation in the desert about kingdoms is as this detailed.

    Holy Spirit do by light of my love what man can not soften hearts through my love of thee and faith. The worlds savior reveals only truth and offer eternal life. The truth has set those who look to him free. I will call on thee Lord with patience asking for Our Merciful Lord.


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