Happy Easter! I first heard about this painting of the Resurrection in a book (I can't remember which one) by one of my favorite travel writers, Frances Mayes. The masterpiece resides in the Tuscan hill town of Sansepolcro, and was painted by Piero della Francesca sometime in the 1460's. It modern times, it was made famous by the British author Aldous Huxley, who upon seeing it for the first time in 1920, called it "the greatest picture in the world." Seeing it myself is on my bucket list. Maybe one day...
Today, let us ask for the grace to share the Good News of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection with all those we talk to in the coming days and weeks. The world needs this good news and we should not be afraid to share it. Let's not be asleep like the soldiers in the painting, and miss the opportunities all around us.
Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of eternal glory! Alleluia!
Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, triumphing over death, rising again to share Your message of peace and hope! Alleluia!
Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, for sending Your disciples out to share Your labors and Your eternal life! Alleluia! Amen!