Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Images.. of Christ

New image of Christ in Tignish church
Tue Mar 27, 3:53 PM
For the second Easter in a row, an image of Jesus Christ has appeared to parishioners of St. Simon and St. Jude Roman Catholic Church in Tignish, P.E.I.
This year the image appeared on a wooden cross placed by the altar to mark the Easter season. Marjorie Jeffrey noticed it Monday afternoon. She said it appears to be Jesus pointing to his heart, with the Virgin Mary beside him. She said some children have also reported seeing angels above the image.
She said the image seems to be a part of the wood.
"To me its a great sign from the Lord, because there's a lot of praying going on in the church, because we have the side chapel there with the blessed sacrament exposed, there's prayer there going on 24/7," Jeffrey told CBC News Tuesday.
"I think it's a message from the Lord that we need to pray more. We need more prayer and more people in church, coming to church."
Last year at the same church many people reported seeing the face of Jesus in a cloth put up to celebrate Easter. Local clergy played down last year's image, but people travelled from as far away as Charlottetown - a two-hour drive - in order to see it.
Jeffrey said the new sighting has not attracted a lot of attention from outside the community.
A spokesperson for the parish said Tuesday that a few people have been coming to see the new image, but all are being asked to treat the church and its parishioners with respect.

This is an article from my home province. I don't really understand the concept of "seeing" the image of Jesus in objects, light, etc. (I remember reports of seeing Mother Teresa's likeness in a bun.. this is different. We knew what she looked like. and people see what they want to see...)
It is my understanding that Jesus was a historical person, but that no photo or drawing of him is in existence. What we Christians see today are artistic representations of what Jesus (known as Christ) might have looked like, based on general feature and historical understanding. As for actually "seeing" the image of Jesus in today's world, I believe it is possible as it says in the Scriptures that mankind/humanity was created in the image of God. This is the basis for my ministry work. This and the parable of the sheep and goats. Christ exists in our world today. But humanity continues to search for tangible evidence of His existence. This is good, that people search, however the problem may be with where, or the result of their search.
Searches for the shroud of Turin, the Tomb of Jesus, the Ark of Noah, the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail... these searches have gone on for centuries, but in the end, I think it is not the physical historical evidence that will show us of Christ's existence, but what He left us -- His teachings, His love, His commands.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' (NIV)

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