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This painting depicts Mary gazing in sorrow at her dead son after his crucifixion. She weeps as she holds his lifeless head, and the cross stands silent witness behind her.

The period between Jesus’ death and his resurrection, was one of dashed hopes and despair for all who followed Jesus and had faith in his kingdom. They didn’t yet understand that his sacrificial death was necessary for forgiveness of sins and that his resurrection was soon to come, providing a promise of eternal life to all who believed in him.

The words on the painting are taken from the Book of Jonah, his great prayer uttered from the belly of the fish, where he suffered for three days before being renewed. Jonah’s story foreshadows Jesus’, and Jesus says when asked by the Pharisees for the sign, “no sign will be given... but the sign of Jonah the Prophet; for just as Jonah was three days in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

We all feel abandoned by Christ’s promise at times, our despair causes us to weep and wonder if the promise was ever true. We too hope for a sign. But we must wait for as the followers of Jesus were overjoyed and renewed after Jesus’ resurrection, so will we be renewed, and ultimately, welcomed into eternal life.

     
    Pieta  
    Pietá
Acrylic on Canvas
34w  x  34h
 
 
   
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