Icon of Christ and St. Thaddeus
Gold and egg tempera on panel, 2011
I was asked to write an icon of St. Thaddeus for
someone of that name. As we talked, he told me a story of a dark
time in his life when he was deeply comforted by the strong sense
that Jesus was walking with him, with his arm around his shoulders.
That reminded me of a 6th-century icon that shows Christ with his
arm around the shoulders of one of the early desert monks. This
simple act of physical intimacy is comforting to all of us. It
speaks powerfully of the IncarnationóJesus is truly present with us,
touching us, embracing us. It is a time when, perhaps more than any
other, Jesus is indeed our brother.