I sought a representation that would be original and striking. Here the wounds of the crucifixion of Christ are clearly seen. The glorified body of Christ is completely bloodless. He is shaking off the burial bandages and is in a hurry to get out of the tomb – he is running. Outside, there is so much light that the artist is dazzled. I am brought to think of the cave of Plato. The shadows and types are just that, only shadows, but the reality is the World of Ideas, a new world and one that is beyond our materialism and limited understanding. In a way, Plato foreshadowed the Resurrection as did the great Prophets of the Old Testament. The life of the Resurrection is our real life, not the one we are presently living in our pain and ignorance.
Christ’s Resurrection is one of a burst for freedom, out of the bonds of death represented by the enclosed tomb and the bandages. The idea and the fact are so mind-blowing and ineffable.
We live the third day of the Octave, still in the euphoria of singing Alleluia after so many weeks of not singing it. Easter Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are the highest in this “euphoria”, and then we take a little step down for the rest of the Octave, and then enter a different mood with Low Sunday, called Quasimodo after the first word of the Officium Missae.
On this third day, I wish you the greatest joy of these three highest days of the liturgical year, joy without limit and hope to give sense to the continuing atrocities and warfare in the world. May this joy bring us faith and hope, above all spiritual knowledge and love to cap it all!
Happy Easter to you all…