Sunday, November 01, 2009
A Saint's Day Surprise
Our church is not that large in and of itself. I think it fits about 200 people inside comfortably and snugly. The odd thing is, these statues make the building look bigger, not smaller. They dwarf the reader, who must stand underneath and in front of the statue of Our Lady, and literally put things "in perspective".
It is no longer about "us". Our focus is now on the unmistakable illustration of Love right in front of our eyes. The richly colored statues draw our attention away from whatever it is that might be distracting us on any given Sunday and towards what we are in Church for--the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and a literal reaching back to embrace a God who has been reaching towards us from all eternity.
What a wonderful gift! I am blessed to have lived long enough to see some of the beautiful God-inspired artwork come back into the churches.