Holy Thursday marks the beginning
of our Lord going the distance–
going all the way–
to allow that distance
between him and the Father
in order to close every distance
between God and ourselves.
Our Lord Jesus permitted himself
to be separated from the Father–
enduring till his last breath
this unendurable distance between them.
As a result, no one among us–
not even the worst possible sinner–
can ever claim to be far from God.
Spend some time in prayer
mulling over this mystery
of our Lord’s self-sacrificing love.
What our Lord has done
is hauntingly symbolized
by an underwater bronze sculpture
by Italian artist Guido Galleti.
Called “The Christ of the Abyss”
(Il Cristo degli Abissi),
it is submerged somewhere off the coast of Italy
in the Mediterranean Sea.
Watch this music video prayerfully,
and let the words of the song
and the images lead you to prayer,