HOLDING DIVINE DEATH
HOLDING DIVINE DEATH
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HOLDING DIVINE DEATH

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I started painting this after seeing Pope Francis alone in the rain. The rain poured down all around him as he blessed the empty piazza. The entire world watching from their homes, so connected, but far from another. I pictured the rain as tears falling from Jesus’s face. And Mary’s blue mantle transforming into tears as well as she bent over to console the world. Then Good Friday came along, and I found myself painting again. Heavy lines came in as I was drawing in the darkness around our Lord. I felt so much sorrow and began to see Mary’s face in the shadows as well. I didn’t get back to the painting until Divine Mercy Sunday. Blood and water were coming from His brow and from His side. Flowing down, He was baptizing the world with His tears. His mercy was healing to my broken heart.

All is still and calm in the tomb next to Him. Easter has come but the world is still hidden, mourning, experiencing immense loss. We remain far from another and separated from those we love. I was feeling guilty for lingering near the tomb even though the Easter Season is upon us. Then I heard Him whisper, “Stay close to me in my sorrow. Stay close to me as my heart has truly been pierced.” His heart breaks open with the loss of it all and He gives us permission to remain with Him. His wounds are redeemed and glorified but remain. The wounds of the world remain yet He will redeem them as well. He has conquered death yet still feels the pain in the world. “It is okay to remain with Me.” He whispers to me in the sorrow that I feel. Jesus, help us to be holy today. Be with us and give us the courage to remain with You.