It is Finished – The Pietà

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Bordeaux Saint-Michel

The Pietà depicts the Virgin Mary cradling the body of her dead son. It is most often found as a sculpture and this example in the Basilica of Saint-Michel in Bordeaux is a tender, simple and moving example. I remember seeing Michelangelo’s Pietà in St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and I couldn’t drag my eyes away. Tomorrow is Good Friday  and meditating on a Pietà image is a fitting act of worship.

 ‘Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,[b] here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home’. John 19: 25 – 27.

 

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