VISUAL THEOLOGY


Tree of Jesse Window: The Reclining Jesse, King David, and Scenes from the Life of Jesus, 1280–1300, Pot-metal glass, vitreous paint, and lead Overall, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) ■ The Book of Isaiah presents Jesse, an ancestor of Jesus, as the root of a great tree, a symbol of his illustrious progeny. In this thirteenth century stained glass panel from Swabia in southern Germany, Jesse lies asleep at the bottom, and the tree rises, as in his dream, from his side. In branches coiling from the trunk, prophets hold scrolls that foretell the coming of Christ. King David holds a harp in the roundel immediately above Jesse, and the four upper roundels contain scenes from the life of Jesus, from bottom to top: the Presentation in the Temple, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, and the Ascension. The vertical trunk unifies the panel and seems to merge with the wood of the cross in the Crucifixion scene.

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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