List of Artists
Roger M. Beattie
Kathy Bozzuti-Jones 1,
Barbara Desrosiers 1,
C. Robin Janning 1,
Zachary Roesemann 1,
Sommer Roman 1,
RaRa Schlitt 1,
Christ bids us
Those who try to save their
lives will lose it, but those who
lose their life…
who follow after me, will find it.
Having traced the
shape of our mortality, fallibilities, and fumblings—of both our
failed attempts at self-sufficiency and ego-mind habits which
alienate and drain, we recognize the truth of Christ’s summons. And
so we dare enter the journey, humbly putting on his story as our own
as we did at our baptisms.
We hand ourselves over as Christ handed
himself over. Like seed falling into pitch black Iowa dirt, we dare
to relinquish as Christ relinquished. We trust new life will rise
from all this dying down. We imitate his self-surrender to God as
the shell casing of our surface level self cracks open disclosing
our deeper Self—the fullness of God (Eph 3:19), and the radiant
Risen One abiding within (John 15:4). Following Paul’s wisdom that
we put on the mind of Christ, we
become more deeply aware of our precious One-ing with the One in
whose image we are made.
We are called to relinquish and live from
that awareness of the Eternal,
not only beyond, but also in us. And all—to revere and
serve God in all. To live less opaquely. To cultivate an Incarnational lens for glimpsing the One in the many, who links our
lives like beads on a string of love.
May these profound images of such Recognition
and Return serve as a mirror of identity for your journey through
the purgative, illuminating, and unitive Way—this Lent, and always.
The Rev. Catherine Quehl-Engel+
Chaplain of Cornell College &
Assoc. Priest, Trinity Episcopal—Iowa City, Iowa
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a booklet of Lenten meditations anchored by this exhibition.