In the 1460’s, the artist Piero della Francesca was hired to create a fresco for the small town of Sansepolcro, Italy. Over seven feet tall, the fresco depicts a life-size Christ rising from His tomb. At the time, Renaissance art usually had Christ floating above the tomb in a display of divine might. But Piero della Francesca chose to depict Christ physically climbing out of His tomb without any fanfare or heavenly aid. This added an air of gravitas and humanism, making The Resurrection of Christ not simply a celebration, but also a reminder of Christ’s sacrifice.
This is the 50-day Eastertide to go deeper into knowing and living the Faith. The two Mary's whose joy is beyond words when they encounter the Risen Jesus are told by Jesus to go to the Apostles and share the Good News with them.
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Today is Friday of the 5th Week of Lent. We are about to enter Holy Week, when all Christians, and Christian families, are called to remember vividly the events of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus.
When we first meet Mary, she is all alone - then the messenger from the Most High God suddenly addresses her. Have you ever wondered how we know this?
Jesus has been instructing his disciples how they should live together. He spoke about humility, care of the weak, accountability, discipline, reconciliation, and restoration. Peter comes out with a question; “How many times should I forgive?” The question seems a fair one.
On the day he was elected, Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger said: “I am a humble servant in the vineyard of the Lord.” Let us take a look at some of the "Josephs" we know in life, and in scripture. We may discover this Lent, that silent prayer is the pulsing heart of faith.