Rogier van der Weyden’s painting of St Luke, done in the fifteenth century, portrays a scene of extraordinary tranquillity. The Holy Child is relaxed at His Mother’s breast, and she in turn is peacefully attentive to Him. The artist, St Luke, is watchful for every detail, but again in an entirely peaceful manner. This atmosphere is enhanced by the two figures in the background who stand on a bridge gazing out over the tranquil waters beneath them.

As for St Luke, so it is, or should be, with us – attentive to Our Lord and His Mother, focussed yet at peace. All is in the gaze.

May St Luke pray for us, and may God bless you this day.