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I will have Mass later today in a Serragli chapel at San Marco in Florence. I’ll talk to the pilgrim group about images and good works on this 22nd Sunday after Pentecost.
Okay, Mass in the traditional Roman Rite has been duly offered. The sacristan was kind enough to produce an antique pianeta. I riffed on the question “Whose image is this?”, which we hear in the Gospel about the tax coin offered the Lord. I turned it sideways and connected it to “Whose image is this?” I am getting in churches and museums. I reminded them that the Church has given two things to the world as a common patrimony, art and saints. Both reflect God’s truth and beauty, one in material, plastic stuff, the other in living persons by their words and deeds. I had a little diversion into a painting of Abraham and Isaac next to the altar, when I, standing there as the priest for Mass I fully realized the relationship of all the paintings in the chapel to the altar, along with the Latin inscriptions over them. I tied it back into imagery, however, since all the paintings are foreshadowings, types, images of Priest / Victim / Eucharist. In sum, I ended with the admonition that after the “Wow!” factor hits in these churches and museums, and then the intellectual question of “Whose image is this?”, is satisfied, we have to turn the question around as if to look in the mirror and ask, “Whose image is this?”