Conceived for Glory – Br. James Koester

Exodus 24: 12-18; Psalm 2 or 99; 2 Peter 1: 16-21; Matthew 17: 1-9

One Christmas, rather than giving individual presents to members of my family, my aunt gave my family a number of posters to hang in our basement room. That fall we had built a very 1960’s “rec room” where my siblings and I could invite our friends and not have to worry about either noise or mess and my parents could then reclaim the living room as their space. So my aunt decided to help us decorate the space and hence the posters that Christmas as her gift to all of us.

There were several posters, but the one I remember best was of Michelangelo’s statue of Moses. And I remember it, not because even then I was a budding theologian, but because I found it so curious. Created in the early years of the Sixteenth Century, Michelangelo’s Moses was regarded by the artist himself as his most lifelike creation. Once finished he is reputed to have struck the statue on the knee with his hammer and exclaimed “Now, speak!” To this day you can still see a chip in the marble on Moses’ knee where Michelangelo’s hammer is said to have hit.

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