Jesus holds a look that is both welcoming and cold, both severe and gentle, both regal and humble.
This is the Final Judgment. We are judged on our lives and how well we searched for and loved God. How well we followed His Commandments.
Will we receive the welcoming gesture, or the severe? Do we have a relationship with Him? Did we believe He is the Way, the Trust, and the Life? This will determine everything.
To those that followed Him, Jesus raises his hand in blessing, fingers forming the letters ICXC (Greek for ‘Jesus’). And for us, it is a reminder that it is Jesus who imparts every blessing when our priests bless us.
He is available, present, near to us, at all times.
This is one of 12 paintings for the Ascension Press program “What We Believe” found here.
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