I offered my back to those who struck me,
my cheeks to those who tore at my beard;
I did not cover my face against insult and spittle.
STRUCK BY AN IMAGE OF CHRIST
This above image shows detail from one of the Stations of the Cross on Apparition Hill at Medjugorje. It’s the second Sorrowful Mystery where Jesus is depicted being scourged at the pillar. The bronze plaque was sculpted by the Italian artist Carmelo Puzzolo. The photograph was taken some years ago, on September 29, 2009, but it was only today, as I was about include the image on the website, that I spotted a very subtle detail I hadn’t notced before. The close up shows the ripped flesh on the back of Jesus, but on closer inspection there is also a profile image of a man’s head, facing left and slightly inclined. His nose and left eye can be distinguished. Obviously, light plays a part in revealing the feature. It would not be obvious on a dull day or if the image was darker. But it’s there, and lends itself to the verse above from Isaiah. Both back and face are uncovered.
The second Sorrowful Mystery: Jesus is Scourged at the Pillar