The Eyes of Christ

The cross above the altar in Heiligenkreuz (a copy of a Romanesque cross in Sarzano, Italy) show the Lord with wounded side, but with His eyes open– that is, it is a depiction of the Risen Lord. The video embeded above shows the cross being unveiled during Gloria of the Easter Vigil, last night.

In his address in Heiligenkreuz,  in 2007, Pope Benedict XVI (sitting under the cross) referred to the open eyes of the crucified:

Our light, our truth, our goal, our fulfilment, our life – all this is not a religious doctrine but a person: Jesus Christ. Over and above any ability of our own to seek and to desire God, we ourselves were already sought and desired, and indeed, found and redeemed by him! The gaze of people of every time and nation, of all the philosophies, religions and cultures, ultimately encounters the wide open eyes of the crucified and risen Son of God; his open heart is the fullness of love. The eyes of Christ are the eyes of a loving God. The image of the Crucified Lord above the altar, whose romanesque original is found in the Cathedral of Sarzano, shows that this gaze is turned to every man and woman. The Lord, in truth, looks into the hearts of each of us.

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