Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Mocking of Christ

Read Matt 5:10

This picture is called the Mocking of Christ by Fra Angelico. Jesus is seated on a throne; his right hand holds a reed, a mocking substitute for the scepter; in his left hand is an orb indicating that he is Lord of all creation. Jesus is depicted wearing a blindfold, but you can see that his eyes are closed. He seems nothing, not even the evil being done to him. All around Him are disembodied pictures--hands and a head, suspended in air. Jesus is beaten, mocked, and spit upon. This personalization signifies the human evil that falls upon the mystery of God. Jesus cannot see the evil, yet he takes the shameful evil upon Himself for our sakes. Outside the Mocking is Mary, His Mother, sadly contemplating, and St. Dominic studying the mystery and meditating.

I'm asking you to do likewise.

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