6:00 AM on the 24th Sunday after Pentecost. Notice the monstrance with six gems surrounding the Most Blessed Sacrament in the form of the Star of David. King David, subject to original sin, was imperfect, with imperfection being symbolized by the number six, that is, one short of seven. God rested on the seventh day, the day of perfection. Lest anyone be confused, perfection is proclaimed by the seventh element of the Star of David being the Eucharist. Just to be sure one understands, there is a seventh gem in the cross atop the monstrance. The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville has this monstrance in their Eucharist Museum. I know why it’s there. It’s really heavy. Difficult to accomplish Benediction.
Anyway, Theodor Herzl founded the Zionist movement in 1897. He would later use a prayer shawl with the Star of David at their flag. But it was in 1881 that Heinrich Hofmann painted the following depiction of Christ Jesus in the Temple. Notice the Star of David emblazoned on the chair. It’s empty. This is the first meeting of the upper echelon with the Fulfillment of the entirety of Revelation, Jesus Himself. They were most impressed.
But that’s a painting. Let’s turn to archeology in Capernaum revealing what was happening at the time of Jesus. Already in Jesus’ time, the Star of David was being utilized. The Roman Centurion who built the synagogue in Capernaum in which Jesus preached, and for whose servant Jesus worked a miracle, believed in Jesus with a greater faith that anyone else in Israel. There were plenty of people, like a zillion, who believed that Jesus was the Messiah and the Divine Son of God. In constructing the Synagogue, the Centurion filled in the Star of David in honor of Jesus as the Divine Son of the Living God.
No Star of David Below. Not a fancy monstrance. This is at the mission church later that Sunday morning, 8:00 AM.
I thank Jesus that unlike, say, Austria and other places, we can still have Adoration and Confessions and Mass and all the Sacraments. I’m constantly running about, and have to fill up my stock with the oleo infirmorum used for the Last Rites. This is a great blessing from Jesus that we can do this.
4 responses to “Adoration of Jesus and the Star of David?”
It is lamentable that so many people know so little about Christ and the Truth of His Faith. This is summed up by a sign outside a little fast food joint that we pass up as we go to and from Mass each Sunday. It reads:
All equally important, they are evidently listed in order of importance.
No, “Star of David,” every tiny thing about Thee dwarfs the Universe.
On a BBC tv ‘ Antiques’ programme yesterday they showed a magnificent monstrance designed by Pugin. Sadly it had to be kept in a safe unused as it was so valuable. The ‘expert’ reckoned it was worth between £15,000 and £25,000. I was amused to hear him describe it as ‘would have been used for Communion.’ He obviously hadn’t a clue and was obviously not a Catholic!
Great story, pelerin.
I like to think that when the child Jesus was in the temple those three days, He was going after some of the “lost sheep” – the leaders of Israel who really needed to hear His words and that maybe Joseph of Arimathea and others who later became His committed followers, were at those meetings.