Finding Jesus in the Temple

The Young Jesus Preaching in the Temple stained glass window at St. Michael in Old TownAfter the Feast of Passover, Jesus has stayed behind in the temple after Mary and Joseph have left to return home. He is seen here showing how wise he is beyond his years. This is shown in the astonished looks of the scholars.

Looking at the top of the window, we witness a moment of great relief when the Holy Family is reunited. The facial expression of Mary provided by the artist is worth more than a 1000 words; relief at her son’s safety, recognition of what he must do here on earth, and resignation to what lies ahead.

Notice Christ’s halo bears the imprint of the cross, a reminder of the crucifixion to come. The artist uses the simplicity of Jesus’ garment as a way of indicating the clarity of his teachings.