On Holy Saturday, the Church waits at the Lord’s tomb in prayer and fasting, meditating on his Passion and Death and on his Descent into Hell, and awaiting his Resurrection.
The painting ‘Christ in Hell’ gives us a perfect visual for our meditation. At first glance, it may be disturbing to you, as it was to me when I first saw his painting all those years ago. But that is exactly why this is such a powerful piece.
What happened to Jesus after he died on the cross? This is Terence’s interpretation. It is a triptych and this is the Central Panel.
I see, Jesus conquering Death. The pain and suffering, the torment of our inner demons, the anguish of loss and despair, the hatred that consumes the world, the desires we have that slowly cause us to decay, that we want to stop having but don’t know how, the incessant distractions of meaningless stuff that keep us from achieving a state of Being and joy………. the radiant blue light of His Presence permeates everything….. brings peace and soothing to everything ……….including Death.
What do you see? What do you feel?