Notre Dame

He cheated and still lost

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One could stand for a long time and stare at the myriad of details carved into the western façade of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Here, saints and kings, and priests, and prophets and popes and a great cloud of witnesses look down upon a great cloud of tourists with cameras and selfie-sticks.

Judgement Day is presented over the central portal. The dead rise from below. Christ is supreme on high. But between them is the scene pictured above. A pious soul is weighed on a scale by the Archangel Michael. Pitted against the righteousness of God is human sin. A demon from below pulls at it. Even the Satan himself, with grotesque face, has his thumb on the scale! But such cheating does no good. The scale tips in the favor of righteousness. 

Unfortunately other souls (to the right) did not fare so well. They are led away in chains to face the torturers.

It is a sobering presentation of Matthew 25:31-46 (see here).

This scene was likely carved in the decade between AD 1220-1230.

Buen caminó!


Join Mark and Vicki for a Mediterranean experience in October, 2018. We'll be cruising aboard the luxurious Celebrity Reflection. See the link here for details. Onboard lectures will provide focus as we visit the ports of Malta, Rhodes, Santorini, and Athens among others. An optional add-on visit to Rome is possible on either end of the trip.