Saturday, February 23, 2008

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

Each year on this Sunday, we hear the theologically rich story of the encounter between the thirsty Jesus and the mysterious Samaritan woman at the well.
This picture, of a sculpture in front of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, is of a wonderful sculpture by Ivan Mestrovic, a famous sculptor who did many wonderful pieces on the campus of Notre Dame.
I've always been struck by how strong the posture of the Jesus figure is, while the woman's posture is obviously ashamed....almost as if she can't wait to get away.
Listen to the Gospel story this weekend, and then imagine for yourself why these may be VERY important postures for these important Gospel teachers.

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