With Christ in the Desert: Fourth Week of Lent

During each week of Lent 2012, FAN features images from a collage by Br. Jeffrey Wilson, TOR.

Br. Jeffrey Wilson, TOR explains the symbolism of this portion of his collage.

Man and woman on the throne platform: The man sitting on the throne represents leaders in society: those in governments, businesses, and communities. He holds a posture of superiority and dominance. He believes that the two serpent armrests are at his service. However, he is actually a slave to them: “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin” (Jn 8:34). His head is wrapped in a white cloth and he is holding his face in his left hand. The man’s mask represents confusion about his identity in relation to God and all that God has created, as expressed in an excerpt from the poem “All Clowns Are Masked and All Personae” (Delmore Schwartz): “Gifts and choices! All men are masked, and we are clowns who think to choose our faces.” In his right hand, the man holds an object representing the double helix of human DNA topped by an atom with the Earth as the nucleus. This object represents the human desire to control and manipulate every aspect of created order, from designer babies to the splitting of the atom. The man views the Earth and all of God’s creation, including himself, as his own possession and not as gifts of God.

The woman standing behind the man is an image of Diana Moore’s sculpture, “Figure of Justice,” and represents those who do not actively engage in exploitation, oppression, and violence but still benefit from these actions. She is tying a blindfold around her eyes to insulate herself from the truth around her. In many ways, she is like the rich man who ignored the needs of Lazarus (Lk 16:19-31). The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, “Feigned ignorance and hardness of heart do not diminish, but rather increase, the voluntary character of sin” (1859).

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