The Gospel in Glass—Easter 2011

In Christianity on April 24, 2011 at 7:20 pm

First and most of all, blessed Easter, followers of Christianity Richly.  I’m grateful if you have found something here previously, which has brought you back on this Easter Sunday. This Easter post jumps very far-forward in the Gospel in Glass series, to the top of the window behind the altar at St. Mary’s. But this ascent seems entirely fitting on Easter, when our Savior is risen!

At the top of the altar window, the risen, ascended Christ is pictured holding a white flag or banner, with a red cross superimposed on the white field. “Normal,” one might think. “Kings and armies carried banners. That’s typical of the historical period, in centuries before and since.”

Ah, but to imagine that is to miss the biblical richness of the Gospel in Glass! For Song of Songs 2:4 says:

He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.

Most Bible translations use the word “banner,” although the NAB translates the Hebrew word as “emblem.” Even if the word were emblem, however, that would not change the meaning. What is Jesus Christ’s banner or emblem over us? Not an abstraction. Not hostility propitiated (as the NAB note on Romans 3:23-25 points out). Christ’s banner over us is Love!

In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins (1 John 4:10).

A banqueting house? Yes! Could there be a more perfect picture of His Church, within which Christ offers Himself in the Eucharist?

Take and eat; this is my body (Matthew 26:26).

May God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit be praised on this glorious Easter Day for His love. May the richest possible blessings be granted to all the Catechumens and Candidates who entered the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church at Easter Vigil. And may we all look to our Savior, Whose banner over us is love!

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