Art that comforts

Vatican Museums: “I have seen the Lord!”

As the Church celebrates Easter Monday, we draw inspiration from this 14th century bas-relief sculpture of “Christ meeting with the Magdalene (Noli me tangere)” from the Vatican Museum’s collection.

Southern Germany – Upper Rhine; Meeting of Christ with the Magdalene (Noli me tangere); second half of the 14th century; right side of a diptych; Vatican Apostolic Palace (© Musei Vaticani)

© Musei Vaticani
© Musei Vaticani

“Mary would like to embrace her Lord, but He is already oriented towards the heavenly Father, whereas she is sent to carry the news to the brethren. And so that woman, who, before encountering Jesus, had been at the mercy of evil now becomes the Apostle of the new and greatest hope. May her intercession also help us live this experience: in times of woe and in times of abandonment, to listen to the Risen Jesus who calls us by name and, with a heart full of joy, to go forth and proclaim: ‘I have seen the Lord!’ I have changed my life because I have seen the Lord! I am now different than before. I am another person. I have changed because I have seen the Lord. This is our strength and this is our hope.”

(Pope Francis – General Audience, 17 May 2017)

Under the direction of Paolo Ondarza

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10 April 2023, 08:00