The Road to Bethlehem by Fritz von Uhde

A painting showing a man helping a woman along the road in winter. In the distance is a house with a light on

We offer this painting in the hope that it will enable you to reflect more deeply on a particular passage of scripture.

In reflecting on this painting, depicting a scene from Luke 2: 3-7, Geoff Wheaton SJ points out the love and concern of Joseph, the strength of Mary, and the poverty that Jesus was born into. How do you react to what you see?

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.

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