Phillip Medhurst

Wisdom from a Gnostic Sage

Tag: Mary Magdalene

Phillip Medhurst presents 374/392 the James Tissot Jesus c 1896 Mary Questions the Angels in the Tomb John 20:11-13. By (James) Jacques-Joseph Tissot, French, 1836-1902. After a painting now in the Brooklyn Museum, New York; lithograph from “La Vie de Notre Seigneur Jésus Christ … . avec des notes et des dessins explicatifs par J. […]

Phillip Medhurst presents 375/392 the James Tissot Jesus c 1896 Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene John 20:14-15. By (James) Jacques-Joseph Tissot, French, 1836-1902. Opaque watercolour over graphite on paper. Brooklyn Museum New York.

Phillip Medhurst presents 375/392 the James Tissot Jesus c 1896 Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene John 20:14-15. By (James) Jacques-Joseph Tissot, French, 1836-1902. After a painting now in the Brooklyn Museum, New York; lithograph from “La Vie de Notre Seigneur Jésus Christ … . avec des notes et des dessins explicatifs par J. James Tissot” […]

Phillip Medhurst presents 376/392 the James Tissot Jesus c 1896 Touch Me Not John 20:16-18. By (James) Jacques-Joseph Tissot, French, 1836-1902. Opaque watercolour over graphite on paper. 28.3 x 19.1 cms. Brooklyn Museum New York.

Phillip Medhurst presents 376/392 the James Tissot Jesus c 1896 Touch Me Not John 20:16-18. By (James) Jacques-Joseph Tissot, French, 1836-1902. After a painting now in the Brooklyn Museum, New York; lithograph from “La Vie de Notre Seigneur Jésus Christ … . avec des notes et des dessins explicatifs par J. James Tissot” 1896-97.

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Noli Me Tangere (to Mary Magdalene)

 

To me it seemed a comforting idea,

Too welcome, too sublime to be untrue

That love and meaning could thus rendez-vous:

Be gazed upon, and touched.

 

But doubts persist that I imagined Him.

When He did not appear I then assumed

A love that God in fact was loath to show

Unto The Crucified.

 

Yet can there be conclusion to my grief

If I can never cling to one who walks

Within the graveyard of my dreams, with voice

Unsilenced by his pain?

 

And does my vision promise me too much?

Does Christ Himself recoil from ill-placed trust,

Compelled to say, “Noli me tangere” –

That flesh can never tarry.