Michaelangelo’s Pieta Housed in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy; in Carrera marble.
Contemplate Jesus’ body, the lifelessness communicated in the marble, the way Jesus’ shoulder and its flesh yield to his mother Mary’s hand as she holds her son for the last time.
Jesus is human, suffering and obedient to the point of death, gaunt and spent in the first arms to have comforted him.
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. (Matthew 25:40)
Where ever there is pain, brokenness, oppression, lack, loneliness, hunger, darkness–Jesus is there. Continue reading
Chartres Cathedral Portal
The four beasts surrounding Jesus in this sculpture are a lion, a calf, a man, and an eagle (there’s no coincidence that these are similar to the four creatures which represent the four Gospels, though these are taken specifically from Revelation 4). Continue reading
“Old Church Tower at Nuenen” van Gogh, 1885
Did you know that Van Gogh almost became a pastor? Continue reading
Six years ago, I visited Barcelona with my family in the summer, just before I started divinity school. I’d just started to admit to people–sometimes for the shock value–that I was headed toward the priesthood. When we went to the Picasso museum there, I was completely captured by this sketch Pablo made early in his career. A postcard depiction has been on my desk ever since. That morning, still jet lagged, I saw Jesus in this man.
Having spent time with homeless men in Durham over the last year, I’d started to meet Jesus again in them. God has many facets, some of them are manifest in the homeless, in the hungry, in the crazy. My prayer is to be softhearted enough to recognize God’s presence in the forgotten people I encounter every day.
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