Luca Signorelli’s Crucifixion fills me with pity for our Lord.
It is so very crowded. So noisy. So busy.
Here Jesus is trying to take on the sufferings of the entire world, and we can’t even give him a moment to do so in peace?
Wise ones talk about dark nights of the soul, and feelings of emptiness and the silence of death. Yet for me it seems that there is little worse than the noxious noise of this world which just will. not. shut. up.
So I pity the dear God of this painting who is pierced as a dead man in a ridiculous crowd.
And I wonder whether Jesus finds within me a similar sort of crucifixion in my pathetic tumult.
When you come to me
And give your life for me
Inside of me
May you find peace
And raise me to new life in the most blessed joy of silence