|Notre Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris) and Mystery of Rennes-le-Château
by Carolyn Shield
Posted: 11:35 August 8, 2009
The beautiful gothic cathedral was made at the time of the Crusades. The "parish church of kings" it's called. Notre Dame is point zero on which all locations are measured from that point in Paris and France. In America its Washington, DC, point zero is outside the White House.
In the cathedral is a beautiful elaborate wood carving of Jesus' life. Let's take a look at how the 12th century French man looked on Jesus' life. You maybe surprised.
A wood panel at Notre Dame Cathedral
Permission given to use picture by Mark B to Carolyn Shield
This is Jesus meeting Mary Magdalene after he has first risen in the Noli me tangere, meaning "don't touch me", is the Latin version of words spoken, according to John 20:17, by Jesus to Mary Magdalene after his resurrection. The next panel is the resurrected Jesus So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."- Matthew 28:1-10 (NIV)
What is interesting in these panels is that the first one Jesus is carrying a shovel in his left hand. Mary Magdalene is carrying a shiny container in her left hand. They do not touch. In the next panel Mary Magdalene, Mother Mary, and Salome have seen him as they go from the empty tomb and instead of the shovel in his hand is a staff like a cross with a banner on it.
I have seen many pictures of Noli me tangere but none with Jesus carrying a shovel. Did he dig himself out of his grave? Is that what the artist is depicting?
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