“One day the Count Von Zinzendorf visited a museum of fine art. He walked through the doors in the early afternoon, and he was still there five hours later. But he hadn’t taken in all the paintings and exhibits. He had remained all that time in one spot, without ever moving to the right or to the left. The curator began to be concerned. It was time to close the building, and this quiet man was rooted to that spot as if he were one of the exhibits himself, perhaps a finely sculpted statue – except that he was seated on the floor, STARING UP AT A PICTURE.
The curator followed his gaze and saw a fine canvas inspired by the Book of Revelation. THE SUBJECT WAS THE HOLY LAMB OF GOD. Count Von Zinzendorf must have had every tiny detail memorized by now. The curator walked over behind him, gently placed a hand on the man’s shoulder, and started to speak. But now he saw something he hadn’t previously noticed – tears rolling down Von Zinzendorf’s cheeks.
Underneath the painting was this inscription: “IF HE CARED MUCH FOR YOU, WHAT SHOULD YOUR CONCERN BE FOR HIM?’
I BELIEVE THE PAINTING SO PROFOUNDLY MOVED COUNT VON ZINZENDORF BECAUSE THE SUBJECT OF THE CANVAS WAS ALREADY DEAREST TO HIM, HIS LORD, HIS MASTER, HIS GREAT LOVE, AND HIS CLOSEST FRIEND.”
– David Jeremiah, My Heart’s Desire pages 170 – 171
Yung librong My Heart’s Desire yung binili kong libro tungkol sa worship. It is about LIVING EVERY MOMENT IN THE WONDER OF WORSHIP.
Binasa ko ito ng anim na beses nung Born Again pa ako. At malaki ang naging impact sa spiritual life ko ng pagbabasa ko ng libro na ito.
Si Count Von Zinzendorf ayon kay David Jeremiah ay “the key man in the birth of the modern Moravian church”. Sa medaling sabi, Protestante ang taong ito.
Ang naging confusing para sa akin noon bilang protestante e kapag nakakaharap ako ng isang Katoliko e pilit kong sinasabi na “WAG KAYONG MAGKAKAROON NG ANUMANG LARAWANG INANYUAN, SA LANGIT O SA LUPA etc.”. Pero ito ngayon ang isang protestante, ang “key man in the birth of the modern Moravian church”, nakaharap sa isang PAINTING, ISANG LARAWANG INANYUAN, na ang subject ay “THE HOLY LAMB OF GOD”, nakatitig, nagninilay at lumuluha.
Isang protestanteng nagkukuwento ng tungkol sa pagtitig ng isa pang protestante sa larawang inanyuan.
At sinabi niya, “Count Von Zinzendorf was moved” (pero hindi daw gumagalaw, hehe, joke lang wag masyadong seryoso)
Isang bagay na nakapagpalito sa akin noong una….AKALA KO BA BAWAL ANG MGA LARAWANG INANYUAN?!?!
Kinalaunan narealize ko na hindi naman nga pala sinamba ni Count Von Zinzendorf yung painting, o yung image ni Jesus (Holy Lamb of God) sa painting. Naging INSTRUMENTO ANG LARAWAN para kay Count Von Zinzendorf para pagnilayan ng malalim ang pag-ibig ni Cristo sa pamamagitan ng PAGTITIG.
At para sa mga Katoliko, ganun din ang paggamit ng mga larawan, at mga rebulto.
Ganito ang turo ng Simbahan, “’The beauty of the images moves me to contemplation, as a meadow delights the eyes and subtly infuses the soul with the glory of God.’ Similarly, in the contemplation of sacred icons, united with meditations on the Word of God and the singing of liturgical hymns, enters into harmony of the signs of celebration so that the mystery celebrated is imprinted in the heart’s memory and is then expressed in the new life of the faithful.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1162)
Ang ginawa ni Count Von Zinzendorf na ikinuwento ni David Jeremiah ay saktong sakto sa sinasabi ng Catechism of the Catholic Church.
At hindi lang pagiging Visual and ang gamit ng larawan at mga rebulto kundi ito rin ay SENSUAL. Kung pwedeng gamitin ang mata, pwede rin ang pandama.
Nung sinabi ni St. Paul sa “We walk by faith not by sight.” (di ko maalala kung anong book, chapter and verse niya sinabi ito) Hindi ito nangangahulugan na hindi natin gagamitin ang senses natin sa pagsamba sa Diyos, dahil siya na rin ang nagsabi sa Rom. 12:1 “…offer your BODIES as a living sacrifice…” at sa 1 Cor.6:19 “Don’t you know that your BODY is the temple of the Holy Spirit…”.
Gamitin natin ang ating katawan, ANG ATING PANDAMA SA PAGSAMBA SA DIYOS, at damahin ng ating puso ang Kanyang Presensya.