Gospel in Glass, Lower Foreground II

In Christianity on September 2, 2010 at 4:01 pm

As we continue to meditate on the Gospel in Glass, let’s use this post to continue to “look around” the lower foreground of the window, before progressing to the Lord’s Mother depicted to the left of St. Mary Magdalene.

Gazing on the window, the viewer realizes the cross is set in what appear to be paving stones. In fact, at a glance it looks like a nice Tuscan garden! This is at odds with the grassy hill some of us imagined, while singing the hymn “on a hill far away, stood an old rugged cross.”

In reality, however, it is likely that Golgotha,¹ the Place of the Skull, was made of rock. The rock of Calvary can still be seen inside The Church of the Holy Sepulcher built by the Emperor Constantine to encompass the site of Christ’s tomb and the hill of Golgotha, the locations identified by St. Helena, the Emperor’s mother.  Even if Golgotha were not so, the stones in the window should remind us of Christ before Pilate on the Stone Pavement,² where so many of His followers abandoned Him.

Are we following faithfully? Courageously? The world longs for . . . it knows not what! Freedom. Security. Prosperity. Love. Spirituality. Yet we achieve all that, but want more. We remain unsatisfied. We remain empty, outside full communion with the living and true God—the only way to Whom is through Jesus Christ, “the way, the truth, and the life.”³

Be a follower first. Stand with Christ on the Stone Pavement. Go with Him to the rocky hill of Calvary. Then tell others of the immense riches in Christ you have found, and that—like the bride in Song of Songs 3:4—your heart’s response is, “When I found Him Whom my heart loves, I took hold of him and would not let Him go.”

¹ John 19:17

² John 19:13

³ John 14:6

  1. […] posts suggested how to “read” the window, and begin with the paving stones at the very bottom of the scene. The next posts were about St. Mary Magdalene, prominently shown in […]

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