I'm painting a modern kid as the Child Jesus presenting his Sacred Heart to the viewer. (It is by no means a great work of art - believe me.) But why am I painting him as a contemporary kid? Why? Because I found this incredible photo of a Spanish boy whose eyes and expression on his face reminded me of the Child Jesus. The boy is dressed like a normal kid - but that too reminded me of how the Child Jesus sometimes comes to us in disguise.
For instance, once when Sr. Lucia of Fatima was emptying the garbage - or was she working in the garden? I can't remember. Anyway, a little boy came up to her and asked how the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was coming. I can't recall the exact conversation, but obviously Lucia did not recognize him at first, so it occurred to me he must have looked like an ordinary kid. Only after Lucia responded did he reveal himself. It is said some people entertain angels unawares, which is why I wanted the Child Jesus to look like an ordinary kid - reminding us of the greatness and sanctity of ordinary life.
If it turns out okay, I'll post the work when I'm finished with it.
BTW - The monthly novena to the Infant Jesus ended yesterday and today is our little Christmas.