Friday, March 09, 2007

Arrested and Tried

For the next three Sundays, the sermons will be focussing on the last days of Jesus, beginning with his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, and trial before the Sanhedrin, then the denial by Peter and lastly standing before Pilate.
The altar piece for the arrest and trial graphically sets out the images of the spears poking through the olie branches of the garden, a sword (either the one used to cut of the servant's ear, or those of the Roman soldiers), and a brutish club at the base of the olive branches. The carpet covering the table speaks of the home of the High Priest, where Jesus was brought and arraigned and where, when accused, he declared himself as the Christ, the Son of God. The Christ candle gives an evocative picture of Jesus stature and stability as the world raged around him. The noisier the crowds became, the calmer Jesus stood. There are no images of disciples here, sadly, because they fled and abandoned Jesus, by sleeping, by betraying and by running away naked into the night.


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