VISUAL THEOLOGY



Three Holy Women at the Holy Sepulcher (early 10th century) Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) ■ This ivory plaque probably once served as part of a decorative cover for a liturgical manuscript. Depicted is the visit of the Three Marys to the Holy Sepulcher, the burial place of Christ, shown here as a cylindrical structure. This episode represents the attempt to convey the divinity of the risen Christ in visual terms. The stylistic vitality of this composition is exemplified in the deeply undercut, rhythmic carving of the trees and soldiers. The visual force of this work and its sculptural immediacy are characteristic of Milanese ivory carving of the tenth century ■

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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