Saturday, December 23, 2006

Fed by Christ


When I was in the seminary a fellow seminarian (He is now a priest, Fr. Ben Uhlenkott) pointed out to me that mangers were used to hold hay for the livestock. Of course, the significance as he and the Church Fathers before him pointed out was the association of Jesus with food. Just as the hay was for the animals, the Lord is for us.
In a way that has since made me think of Nativity scenes as a sort of subtle Eucharistic imagery. It still blows me away how much the Gospels hint and a times scream to us about the Eucharist.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You make an interesting point. I had never looked at it that way. so how do you know Fr. Uhlenkott? He was just appointed Parochial Vicar at our parish.

Athanasius contra mundo said...

I know Fr. Ben from my year in the seminary. We were both studying for the Diocese of Boise.

Angie said...

Wow .... what an interesting association! Fr. Ben Uhlenkott just so happens to be my brother!! We're so proud of him and having a Priest in the family is a huge blessing!

Claire said...

Fr. Ben was our Parochial Vicar at Holy Apostles. He was transfered to another church I think in Pocatello. It has left us saddened at the church but he left a huge imprint that will last a lifetime.