Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Lazarus and the Rich Man
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
By the Oaks of Mamre (Genesis 18:1-2)
“The LORD appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre…
“He looked up and saw three men standing near him…
A fantastic etching by artist and VTS seminarian Benjamin Hart. This photo that I shot of it this morning at our formation-group meeting simply does not do it justice. Benjamin created two plates in order to make the print, all locally here at the Torpedo Factory art studio in Olde Town, Alexandria.
Monday, April 09, 2012
Sunday, April 08, 2012
Friday, April 06, 2012
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Jesus and Judas at the Last Supper
Jesus answered "The one who has dipped his [bread with his] hand into the bowl with me will betray me" (Matt 26:23). I learned today that Leonardo da Vinci painted The Last Supper with the hands of Jesus and Judas simultaneously reaching for bread. I've indicated the simultaneous motion in the image above (click to enlarge). Judas, being distracted by the conversation between John and Peter, is not aware that he is marking himself as the one to betray Jesus by his grasping for the bread. He is not privy to Jesus' statement, which is directed off to the right of the painting (to Thomas and James, to Jesus' left). The Gospel story is thus made realistic/plausible. It is also made miraculous--a "coincidence" that cannot be mere chance. Is the simultaneity between Jesus and Judas also indicative of spiritual mystery? Is God working all things together for good to bring about a wondrous redemption out of what the human being intends as evil? Do the folded, peaceful hands of John represent a sort of "hyphen" between Jesus and Judas, uniting their acts into one great saving mystery?