“Jesus of the People simply came through me. I feel as though I am only a vehicle for its existence. Jesus stands holding his robes, one hand near his heart, and looks at us – and to us. He is flanked by three symbols. The yin-yang symbol represents perfect harmony, the halo conveys Jesus’ holiness and the feather symbolizes transcendent knowledge. The feather also refers to the Native American and the Great Spirit. The feminine aspect is served by the fact that although Jesus was designed as a man with a masculine presence, the model was a woman. The essence of the work is simply that Jesus is all of us.” — Janet McKenzie
Judge Sister Wendy Beckett, an art expert, author and television personality, selected Jesus of the People as the winner of the National Catholic Reporter Jesus 2000 competition. The competition, which sought a powerful portrayal of Christ at the millennium, drew nearly 1,700 other entries from around the world.
In the words of Sister Wendy, “This is a haunting image of a peasant Jesus – dark, thick-lipped, looking out on us with ineffable dignity, with sadness but with confidence. Over His white robe He draws the darkness of our lack of love, holding it to Himself, prepared to transform all sorrows if we will let Him.”
(This narrative is printed on the back of Note Cards. A copy is included with each plaque, print and photo.)
Let us pray that the Holy Spirit inspires you to seek the way of the Lord on
your Confirmation day and always. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you; and you will be my witnesses ... to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
(This greeting is printed on the inside, right panel of Christmas Cards only.)
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