VISUAL THEOLOGY

Crozier with Serpent Devouring a Flower, ca. 1200–1220, French, made in Limoges Gilded copper; champlevé enamel; glass cabochons H. 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm)Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.833) ■ As early as the sixth century, the pastoral staff, or crozier, conveyed the authority of a bishop, abbot, or abbess. The volute of this elegant example is in the form of a serpent grasping an enameled flower in its mouth. The volute's imagery resembles that found on other enamel croziers from Limoges. It alludes to the rod of Moses that, in the presence of Pharaoh, miraculously turned into a serpent at the command of God, and to the flowering rod of Aaron, symbol of his election to the priesthood by God (Exod. 7:9–12; Num. 17:6–8).

Y entonces uno se queda con la Iglesia, que me ofrece lo único que debe ofrecerme la Iglesia: el conocimiento de que ya estamos salvados –porque esa es la primera misión de la Iglesia, el anunciar la salvación gracias a Jesucristo- y el camino para alcanzar la alegría, pero sin exclusividades de buen pastor, a través de esa maravilla que es la confesión y los sacramentos. La Iglesia, sin partecitas.

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