During the Easter Vigil, the Church reads the account of creation as a prophecy. In the Resurrection, we see the most sublime fulfilment of what this text describes as the beginning of all things. God says once again: ‘Let there be light!’ The Resurrection of Jesus is an eruption of light. Death is conquered, the tomb is thrown open. The Risen One himself is Light, the Light of the world. With the Resurrection, God’s light spreads throughout the world and throughout history. Day dawns. This Light alone – Jesus Christ – is the true light, something more than the physical phenomenon of light. He is pure Light: God himself, who causes a new creation to be born in the midst of the old, transforming chaos into cosmos”Pope Benedict XVI, extract from introduction to the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night, from the CTS New Catholic Daily Missal 2012
The true, pure Light, Jesus, is depicted beautifully in Terence’s painting ‘Cosmic Cross’. There are so many layers and so much symbolism in this piece from the Painting the Light series of paintings. I see the universe depicted in the deep blue circular background; the radiant light of the Cross with its reach spanning the universe, the different fragments of colour and the spheres of life in the background; the white circular centre of the the Cross could be interpreted as the Source; and if you are a Catholic Christian like us then you’ll see the significance of the ‘host’, which is the small circular wafer of bread which we receive as Jesus during the Mass; the overall radiance expresses Joy and Soul Harmony and Vibrant Peace. It shows Life as Light.
What do you see?