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It’s how the light gets in

April 5, 2010

If you didn’t catch Ben‘s stunning impromptu reflection on Kevin McKay‘s triptych on the 13th station of the cross, where Jesus is taken down from the cross, here is the painting and Ben’s short reflection

The outstretched hand of God has become the lifeless hand of Adam. A little ladder leans against the cross. The ladder, like the cross – and like the painting itself – is our own handiwork. Silent and bereft, we wait to receive the dead god into our arms. And at the heart of all things is a gaping wound. As the spear rends Christ’s side, the very fabric of creation is torn open. This wound is the world’s healing. It is the opening through which God’s glory shines into the world. As Leonard Cohen sings: “There is a crack, a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.”

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