Original created 1934
We may imagine that Joseph having gone out to procure wood for use in his trade, returns, and the Christ Child seeing his approach eagerly runs to meet him and is placed on the back of the gentle little donkey where He delights to ride. Perhaps we are attracted first of all by St. Joseph’s fatherly, protecting love for the Child, and feel the family comradeship between them, with a consciousness of a peace and contentment born of love. But as we observe for a moment and note the burden of the donkey, our minds must associate this group with a like one in the Old Testament. Abraham and his beloved son Isaac on their way to the altar of sacrifice. Then looking upon the bare foot of the Christ Child pressed against the wood, our thoughts are carried forward to the Sacrifice of Calvary prefigured by that of Abraham. The wheat growing by the way gives emphasis to this thought by suggesting to us the Sacrificial Bread.