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I will not pretend to completely understand this work, but instead point out some of the things to view and then follow it with my own meditation.
- Dali is challenging us to view Christ’s ascension differently
- He confuses us with an image that is moving upwards and backwards at once.
- He places a woman weeping from the sky. This woman is his wife Gala who he has cast as the Virgin Mary in previous paintings.
- Subtitle: Pieta
- The round sunlike circle echoes the florets of the sunflower a naturally occurring example of perfection.
Apostels’ Creed Week #7 “He Ascended to Heaven”
Salvador Dali’s Ascension of Christ strikes a visual chord of tension that produces in me the discomfort revealed in all of us as we consider Christ’s departure.
As you gaze at this painting, see the idea of light and pure energy drawing Jesus heavenward. For me, always the musician, I am struck by his outstretched arms that like a conductor are holding the notes of a dramatically placed chord in a symphony…
Jesus, as he leads us to seek him…
brings us out of our comfort zone to the beauty of new horizons.
We weep, knowing we have seen perfect love and we wonder:
“Are we ready?”
Just a little while longer in preparation for the journey;
A little while longer in His presence;
soaking in the warmth of the sun.
Surely I am not ready to stand on my own two feet.
more study….more nurturing….more incubation of love….
To find Christ now I must look for him within my heart as I continue his walk and this scares me.
What will I say? Who will be my comfort? How will I know?
And so I watch for my direction and listen for how to strike the chord.
First baby steps….and then walking further… allowing myself to feel the pain.
And when I do, I recognize it in the face of another.
Now I see… New eyes here:
” For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I will be in the midst of them.” Matt 18:20
And the chord is struck!
His power resonating through me…through us.
I understand the dissonance in the harmonies.
I find my place in his music…
Listening to all the voices…
Christus Vincit music by James MacMillan (b.1959)
Christ is King
Christ is Lord of all.
“And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Matt 28:20
Have a blessed week:)