Both of these beauties are just outside the door of the rectory, right next to the statue of the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God up on the steps of the main door. Notice the six points on each, a common theme among flowers, particularly Easter lilies. I don’t have any of those growing at the rectory. I don’t have a green thumb. These were volunteers from previous owners.
I am unaware of all the diverse interpretations of the Star of David. You can guess at some, such as what is up is down or vice versa, that is, if there are two distinct non-interwoven triangles depicted. The Israeli flag has no interweaving, but is rather a solid outline.
Most Orthodox Jews dislike the use of the star, with some of the ultra-orthodox burning the flag on predictable occasions. But it is not owned by the Zionist movement just because they used it. It is not made evil by the Nazis just because they used it to identify those they were preparing to exterminate. It is not exclusive to the commentators who, very diversely, insist that what is left is right or that what is right is wrong, and so on with all their ultimately political agendas. It is what it is, but there is one interesting depiction dating from the time of Jesus.
The Synagogue of Capernaum was built by a Roman Centurion who loved the people of Israel. It is a Synagogue in which Jesus Himself preached and which He surely visited countless times as a youngster (getting to know the Centurion?). The stoneworkers chiseled a certain symbol all over the Synagogue, a forever interwoven double-triangle with a center seventh point – the fulfillment of perfection – giving a direct analogy to the hypostatic union of the divine (what is up) and human (what is down) natures of the Divine Person of the God-Man, the Messiah, the Word-Incarnate, the Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception, the Seed of the Mother of the Redeemer of Genesis 3:15.
Imagine… Mary was a living tabernacle of the Most High, she being the very Ark of the Covenant, of the Living Covenant, of the One who provides our wherewithal to live that Covenant in Blood as members of the very Body of Christ because of now also being the children of Mary and therefore brothers and sisters of Jesus. He lays down His life on this earth that we might live forever with Him in heaven, fulfilling in this way all the prophesies of all Sacred Scripture before Him. This is called the Star of David!
This particular stained glass Star of David was made for me by a father and son of one of first parishes I was in as a deacon during the Summer break. I guess they liked my preaching. I very much enjoyed getting this. It was a time when politics in the Church and in that parish were pretty horrific (as always, right?). They didn’t know I was Jewish, and for that matter, at the time, neither did I. That knowledge would come to me only more recently when I started to investigate my genealogy, finding out that my mother, grandmother, great-grandmother… were all Jewish, making me Jewish. Anyway, whatever the controversies are with my Jewish brethren about the pros and cons of the Star of David, I like it, and I’m not shy about it. For that matter, as a Catholic priest and totally a believer in the Jew, Jesus Christ, and dedicated to the Jewess, Mary most holy, I wouldn’t mind also having dual USA/Israeli citizenship.