There is so much going on here. “Bless this mess.” “Above it all.” Love the boy’s hands to the wall, far left. And then, far right … aren’t the boy’s outstretched arms wonderful — like he owns “his lot,” but in the true spirit of faith, also transcends it?
Not that the church isn’t committed to good works, but the photo — in the old city of Jerusalem — sets up a contrast between charity, ritual and the forward march.
Should have figured it was an American pilgrim when I saw that belly.
via: Mercury News Photos
(photo 1: Muhammed Muheisen/AP caption: Pakistani Christian boys play next to a wall with biblical paintings, on Good Friday in a neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, April 6, 2012. Christians around the world are marking the Easter holy week. photo 2: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images caption: A woman carries a large wooden cross along the Via Dolorosa on April 6, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel. Every year on Good Friday thousands of Christians flock to Jerusalem to walk along Via Dolorosa, the path believed to have been walked by Jesus before his crucifixion. photo 3: Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images caption: An American pilgrim from “The Hope of Glory” order reenacts the Passion of Christ along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem’s Old City during the Good Friday procession on April 6, 2012. Thousands of Christian pilgrims took part in processions along the route where according to tradition Jesus Christ carried the cross during his last days.)