“Dude of Sorrows” by Lisa Yuskavage (via WSJ)
In moving my happiness lists to Wednesday–something sweet to get through the week–to honor more solemnly each Friday as a “little Good Friday,” I was given the idea by a reader to share a piece of devotional-ish art each Friday. So here’s the first, an off-beat interpretation of Jesus.
Providentially, it highlights a theme of my sermon from last Sunday afternoon, Jesus’ beaten body–not only pierced by nails and gashed by thorns, but beaten and abused by his fellows.
This little Good Friday practice also reminds and comforts me that even in Eastertide–a season of great joy and triumph–we still face suffering, trials, disappointment, temptation (as my friend, the Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner, argues in this recent post). Life is a lot more mixed-up with both joy and sorrow (like the rainbow of the subject’s beard, along with the yellowed bruising on his face) than we’d sometimes like to admit.
What do you see here?