Friday, August 10, 2007

Looking for the Divine... wherever we can

A smudge of driveway sealant resembling Jesus Christ's face on the garage floor of Deb Serio's home in Forest, Va., shown Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, has fetched more than $1,500 for the family that found the holy image on its garage floor. The Serio family put the slab of concrete up for auction on eBay more than a week ago. Wednesday, they got a taker at $1,525.69. (AP Photo/News & Daily Advance, Jill Nance)
I should call this entry.. people are weird. I don't see it. I don't know why people have venerated objects that seem to have the likeness of someone... the Mother Teresa bagel, the Elvis potato chip, etc. Over the years, we have heard various reports of images of famous people, but more specific it is images of the Holy. Jesus seen in walls, drapery, Mary, the mother of Christ.. statues weeping.. okay the statues weeping is different, but my point is that people/society have been searching for the Holy or Divine Presence of God among us for eons. The irony is, about this particular piece of pavement, is that it is thought to look like our popular artistic rendition of Christ. We don't know what Christ, the historical man looked like, hence the veneration of this as a relic?

Not sure what to think, but I sometimes wonder if we aren't misguided in our search for God. People are obsessed with tangible evidence of God. The search for the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, the Shroud of Turin.. all of these are items that we can try to hold or capture God with, but forgetting the other tangible evidence of God with us...

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