Start the year centered on Christ! Come to Highrock Cambridge to pray for God to move in the Boston area, for our churches, and for personal joys and concerns.
Rouault’s version of the crucifixion places the viewer in direct engagement with the body of Christ. It is the first thing we see when we look at this image, and it seems to almost pop out of the space of the picture. Using simplified forms, patches of color, and dark outlines, reminiscent of stained glass, Rouault chose to highlight the relationship of Jesus to Mary and John, who stand to his left. All of the figures seem pressed closed together, in the same space, and Jesus’ arm is directly over his mother and the disciple. While John and Mary are clearly full of grief, the picture also has a sense of hope, represented in streaks of warm color in the sky.
Father of all, I confess my selfishness and desire to distance myself from others I see as too different or too burdensome. I confess my fear of vulnerability and my unwillingness to trust. Jesus, as you have embraced me, grant me the love and courage to embrace and be embraced by others. Open my heart, that I may I walk in deeper fellowship with you in the Holy Spirit, through your Body, the family of God. Amen.