6th Sun B
Looking at art works or movies is a great way to open ourselves to the meaning of the Gospels. Seeing can bypass our preconceived notions, giving us new vistas of enlightenment. With painting or sculpture one needs to sit quietly and absorb the dynamics of the piece. The drama of movies more easily engages us and offers a way to conversation about the Gospel with other members of your family.
This Sunday's Visual Meditation
“A simple story told over only a few verses packs an enormous message for anyone who ever came to the Savior needing His touch. Ron DiCianni gives viewers a glimpse into those verses and how the life of one of society’s cast outs was changed forever. While studying The Leper, notice the position the leper took when he confronted Christ. He fell on his face. He had no options left in his life, no bargaining power – he assumed the only position left. His need made him realize the Savior was his only hope. Also, see the Savior doing what every hopeless case longs for. He did the unthinkable in that day and age…He touched the leper. That would have been a giant mistake for any human not just because of the law, but for the simple reason that this dreaded disease was highly contagious. No problem though for the one who holds in His hands the “sun of righteousness...with healing in its wings” (Malachi 4:2). Lastly, note the hand that Jesus is holding. New, healthy skin is starting to spread over his body. The leper reached out to the One who heals, and he was a leper no more." Artist's note: "The Leper is a mostly literal interpretation of that moment of healing with a couple of twists. I purposely avoided showing Christ’s face because I don’t want to bring Christ down to a merely human level. It is the “Spirit” of Christ I wanted to represent in my work and not just the historical. The little “stars” appearing at Christ’s touch heralds the magical moment of healing. Notice the difference of color in the healed hand from his other, as the healing begins to travel throughout his body. The clouds in back of Jesus are beginning to spread out to form a cross – the ever-present reminder of the price of this leper’s healing. The small spray of flowers poking out of the hard ground is symbolic of the new life emerging from the leper’s diseased body."