Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3
First Sunday after Christmas
December 28, 2014
"There He made his home in a town called Nazareth" (Matthew 2:23).
An artist desperately desired to paint the most beautiful picture in the world. He went to his pastor and asked, "What is the most beautiful thing in the world?" "Faith," said the pastor, "is the most beautiful thing. You can see it in every Church, in every Community of the Faithful. You can find it at every altar." The artist then asked a young bride the same question. "Love," she replied. "Love builds poverty into riches, sweetens tears, and makes great treasures out of little gifts. Without love, there is not beauty." Then the artist asked a soldier, "What is the most beautiful thing in the world?" "Peace," said the soldier. "War is ugly. Wherever you find peace, you find beauty." The artist thought: "Faith, Love and Peace. How can I paint them?" Then he returned to his household and, entering the door, he saw faith in the eyes of his children. He saw love in the eyes of his wife. And there, in his home, he saw the Peace that Love and Faith had built. So he painted the picture of the "most beautiful thing in the world." And when he had finished, he called it "Home."