Friday, April 16, 2010

The Blonde Gardener

Hæc cum dixísset, convérsa est retrórsum, et vidit Jesum stantem : et non sciébat quia Jesus est. Dicit ei Jesus : Múlier, quid ploras ? quem quæris ? Illa exístimans quia hortulánus esset, dicit ei : Dómine, si tu sustulísti eum, dícito mihi ubi posuísti eum, et ego eum tollam. Dicit ei Jesus : María. Convérsa illa, dicit ei : Rabbóni (quod dícitur Magíster).

When she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing; and she knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith to her: Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, thinking it was the gardener, saith to him: Sir, if thou hast taken him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith to her: Mary. She turning, saith to him: Rabboni (which is to say, Master). ―John xx. 14-16.St. Michael the Archangel, Cleveland, Ohio, has some fine windows from the old country. The old country being catholic south Germany. Mary Magdalen the Myrrh Bearer went to the sepulchre to anoint Jesus, for he died on the Parasceve and was quickly put into the tomb. Before the window illustration, a great deal of drama in the garden had happened again.

Mary first, finds the tomb open and empty. She brings Peter and John, they confirm and are stunned and leave. She looks into the sepulchre and sees two beings, whom introduce themselves as angels, and they speak to her. Then she is interrupted by the gardener, whom is the Risen Jesus.

In this window, the wounded and glorified Jesus holds a shovel. This is something, that is not generally seen. Its iconic inclusion shows him as the Gardener. The Garden of Eden, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Garden of Paradise, a beginning and ending drama in the Garden. It is a satisfying completion.

Magdalena is blonde. Jesus is blonde.

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