We all forget things from time to time.
|Frida Kahlo’s “Memory (The Heart)|
The key to understanding the story that we often call the Temptation of Jesus lies in reading it as a story about a challenge of identity. In the desert, Jesus wrestles with Satan over his identity.
|Eyvind Earle’s “Deep Wilderness”|
The Israelites have wandered in the desert for forty years. The trip from Egypt to Israel would take a little over three weeks if you were taking the most efficient route.
|Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica”|
In the case of Egypt, Pharaoh enslaved the Hebrews. He forced them to make their own bricks to build monuments to his magnificence. Then, without lowering the brick quota, he added to their burden by requiring that they collect even the straw for their bricks. Finally, to ensure his position, he ordered the slaughter of all male Hebrew newborns.
|Edvard Munch’s “Workers on their Way Home”|
You can take the Hebrew out of Empire, but it’s much harder to take the Empire out of the Hebrew! They had forgotten who they were.
|Odilon Redon’s “Christ on the Cross”|
He takes all the humiliation and injustice and suffering and deprivation and sorrow that Empire has ever heaped upon anybody into his very own body. Into his heart. And there he undoes it once and for all. He overcomes cruelty with love, death with life.