Icons and the body of Christ

June 3, 2015 Comments Off on Icons and the body of Christ

Chris Phillips brought this quote of St. Teresa of Avila: “Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”

How does it feel to look at one’s body in a mirror and identify the image with the corporeal presence of God? Given the American infatuation with physical beauty that most of us have internalized to some degree, it can be a stretch.

The Episcopal Café has a post on the art of Gabriel Garcia Roman, a Mexican-American photographic artist who represents people all across gender, race, and age spectrums as saints with halos. His work makes me ponder the richness of Christ’s body in the world. Read the interview, and imagine yourself as an icon with golden halo.

How does that make you feel? What does it bring to mind? Comment, please.

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