In the summer of 2012, I spent each morning waking up early to beat the tourists to the heart of Catholicism in Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Upon entering, to one’s immediate right, you come in direct contact with …
I spent my mornings reciting my rosary before this masterpiece. It calls to mind the great memorial we celebrate today in the life of the Church, Our Lady of Sorrows.
One of the first commissioning works of the great Michelangelo was the pieta. Up to this point in the 22 year old’s career, pietas were done in wood and clay, not marble. Michelangelo sees the marble stone and brings forth Mary & Jesus in this timeless masterpiece!
The Florentine gives us this triangle shape which acts as a a shroud for Jesus, putting him in the middle of the work! We see the perfect body of Jesus (an image of a greek god) with the observation of a real dead man. This was Michelangelo’s way of portraying the Christ as fully God and fully man!
One also makes a list of the wounds of Christ, but Michelangelo wants you to forget our Lord’s wounds. Rather he wants you to admire his beauty. So today, remember how fully human and how fully God our Lord is for us. Mary gives him to us in this masterpiece. We too, must also give him to others.