Thursday, August 13, 2009

Paradoxical imagery: blood and transfiguration

The Bible is chock full of images that stir both the spirit and the senses. Here is one from the Book of Revelation. It is used on the solemnity of All Saints (my birthday!) in the 1st reading:
Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me,

"Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?"

I said to him, "My lord, you are the one who knows."

He said to me,

"These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress,
they have washed their robes
and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb."

Washed in the Blood of the Lamb... made white in the Blood of the Lamb... how can you not love such a sensual image of redemption??

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