January 2011 Prayer and Reflection
From the January 2011 cover of Living with Christ
By Living with Christ Staff
Detail from Nativity Chapel mosaics (2008) Marko Ivan Rupnik, S.J. (1954- )
LOCATION: Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
PHOTO CREDIT: Tracy Deer-Mirek / Sacred Heart University
Walking into the narthex (lobby) of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit on the campus of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, one is immediately drawn to the inner Eucharistic chapel. Once inside this smaller chapel designed for daily use, one is surrounded on three sides by 18-foot-high walls covered with stunning mosaics created by Slovenian Jesuit Fr. Marko Rupnik. Entering this space is, as James Martin, SJ, describes it, like “stepping into a dazzling icon.”
The central panel (south wall) depicts the Nativity scene. The west wall recalls the Jewish ancestry of Jesus in the characters of Hannah and Joachim, while the east wall is adorned with Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar.
These wisdom figures from the Gentile world share a common vision: their eyes are fixed on Jesus. At the end of their long journey, they carry their precious gifts to pay homage to the long-promised “Light to the nations.”
If you wish, sit quietly with the picture and reflect on the following questions:
- What is the road I’m being called to travel to find God in my life?
- Who are my companions on the road? With whom do I share my vision of Jesus? my vision of the Church?
- What gifts and talents do I bring to Jesus? to the Church?