My favorite painting of Jesus EVER! “Emmaus” by Garibay. Love it!

Now the thing I wanted to raise is that most so-called Christians always have a limited concept of the Christ image. They always think in terms of that person who lived in Palestine two thousand years ago. So the concept of Christ derives from a very obscure historical event, in many cases made up by his disciples. The point is that is very difficult for most people to contextualise their faith because the colonial packaging of the Christian faith has been deeply embedded in their consciousness and it’s hard to get away from that. So the figure at the centre is a woman – she is drinking with them and telling a joke and everybody is laughing around her. But the real joke is that people are laughing because they thought all along that Jesus was a man, and that Jesus was a Caucasian-looking guy, you know – all these conventional concepts about Jesus. I have a different image of Jesus, which is that of woman, a very ordinary-looking Filipino woman, who drinks with them and has stories to tell. The idea of laughing is very common among Filipinos – to laugh at their mistakes. It’s all part of understanding the culture and it’s also part of contextualising the concept of faith within the culture.
-Garibay, on his painting “Emmaus”

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Posted on June 1, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thanks for posting, check this out, where there is another version of this artist’s work and others who have been challenged to picture Jesus differently.

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