Sunday, March 27, 2016

RELIGIOUS ART | NEWS OF WEEK - Easter

ALPHA OMEGA ARTS
By Gregory A. Disney-Britton
Ron Mueck's "Youth" c. 2009 and Carravagio's "The Incredulity of Saint Thomas" c. 1601–1602
This morning we celebrate the risen Christ, but we should also celebrate that He still has His wounds, but they are no longer killing Him. Usually on Easter morning, we quickly ignore the wounds, but the entire point of Lent 2016 is to "mark" us and to change us. We always fast, as expected by Jesus (Matthew 6:16-18), but on Easter morning, we've gone back to old habits. Lent teaches that it is in changing that we honor the sacrifice. Artists from Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio in the 1600s to Ron Mueck today have used their gifts to remind us of the power of the mark. It is those marks that remind us not to repeat the same mistakes. Lent is over. How have you been marked?
Ron Mueck's "Youth"
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1 comment:

Ernest Disney-Britton said...

Jesus told us to fast. He said, “when you fast…” and not "if" you fast (Matthew 6:16-18). Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Jews all fast, but as Christians, we tend to choose "feasting" over fasting. There are three types of fasts: absolute, normal, and partial. Moses observed an absolute fast with no food or water, and Jesus observed a normal fast with no food. The Prophet Daniel fasted from "royal food and wine" or meats, sweets, and wines in a partial fast. As we close the 40 days of Lent, I pray that we all have awakened on Easter morning with some "mark" of change. My most physical changes has are shaving my beard and the loss of 20lbs. I've also lost a taste for sugar and developed a strong desire for more fruits & vegetables. I also have a new vision for Alpha Omega Arts with one daily news post instead of five per day. God is good. Fasting is one of his blessings. I'll never do the Jesus's normal fast for seven days again (too painful for my age, but I am glad I finished). I am marked.