“How am I astonished that there is laid before me a Child, older than all things! His eye is gazing unceasingly upon Heaven. As for the stammering of His mouth, to my seeming, it betokens that with God in silence speaks.
“Who ever saw a Child the whole of Whom beholdeth every place? His look is like one that orders all creatures that are above and that are below! His visage is like that Commander that commandeth all. … How shall I give nourishment to thee that nourishes all from thy table? How shall I bring to swaddling clothes One wrapped round with rays of glory? … With Thee I will flee, that I may gain in Thee Life in every place.” ~St. Ephraim the Syrian
Is this some kind of riddle? A baby older than all things? No, not a riddle but a statement of fact. This Holy Child is one who has his spirit and soul awake and since the spirit and soul are immortal, to look into the eyes of this Child is to look into infinity, to look into truth.
A Holy Child can speak with words, but more often “speaks” with just a glance, for like His Father, he speaks in silence, He speaks in symbols, He speaks in Light. And He speaks to all who will truly listen, but has no time to waste on those who do not wish to listen, who do not want to do their part, who want it all handed to them and don’t want to work for it. Continue reading “Attributes of a Holy Child”