I am re-blogging a meditation from the Daily Devotional published by The Living Chruch Foundation by permission. This meditation explores the theological implications of the minor theme of Raphael’s famous work The Transfiguration and is written by priest friend Emily Hylden. I must confess that when viewing this work I tend to simply ignore its second theme involving the exorcism of the young man possessed by a demon. It is now clear to me that it is an important theme emphasizing a very important theological principle concerning our nature as Christians. With Christ in Glory we need no longer fear our direct contact with God or feel obligated to veil our faces. We are now assured of our acceptance despite our brokenness and sin. I start this entry with a view of Raphael’s entire work and then reproduce the meditation which begins with the detail showing the attempt by the Apostles to exorcise the demon to no avail. The meditation then follows as published.
|Type||Tempera on wood|
|Dimensions||405 cm × 278 cm (159 in × 109 in)|
|Location||Pinacoteca Vaticana, Vatican Cit|
When Jesus Shows Up
Daily Devotional • February 7 • Transfiguration Sunday
By the Rev. Emily R. Hylden
Daily Devotional is a ministry of the Living Church Foundation.
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