Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh, and Red Bull

Some people have been finding this ad blasphemous. My Italian isn't as sharp as it once was, but I don't seem to see anything outright blasphemous. Hmm this makes me think. If Jesus were to today receive three gifts that represented his kingship, his divinity, and death/priesthood, what might they be? Maybe his picture on a Wheaties box, an Oscar, and his own a clothing line (I'm buying the first pair of Air Jesus Sandals). Then again, I think what the wise men gave would still do just fine. Even if we have nearly lost the understanding of symbols in our culture.

1 comment:

Your host said...

First, I join you in your not finding offense in the ad. I think it's ok to have the occasional laugh about aspects of the faith, just like you can sometimes tease your revered grandma about her age.

Second, I would suggest that we have not lost the understanding of symbols. We're not as aware of them as we once were, when Ophelia's mad flower arrangements carried a message without foot notes, but we all see an American flag, a cross, or a Louis Vuitton logo and think of something beyond what they literally signify, which is the very definition of a symbol.

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