Love Divine: A Self-Portrait


I recently saw the documentary, “Michelangelo, Self-Portrait” (Dir. Robert Synder, 2010) in which we come to know both the public and interior life of the great artist Michelangelo Buonarroti. The film is a fascinating exploration of the master’s love and skill for painting, architecture and sculpture; we are witness to Michelangelo’s vision of beauty and the challenges that come along with his God-bestowed gifts.

One of Michelangelo’s most well-known works is the painting of the Creation Story on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Toward the center of the painting, we find the scene of The Creation of Adam. In it we see a group of angels hard at work, laboring to hold up the Architect of the Universe as he stretches out his finger toward the newly-fashioned Adam. The first man, in turn, arm rested on his chiseled leg, daintily stretches out his index finger toward his Creator. There’s a literal gap between God and Man. This crack between them will ultimately be overfilled by the Passion of the New Adam, Jesus Christ.

I will never be able to explain the greatness of God, to tell you how amazing He is or how powerful and magnificent His love is. My words will never suffice. The best way to express my gratitude is by offering Him my own life. Everything I am is because He has shaped it with His own hands, every experience is a path He has opened, every struggle is a new lesson He has taught me. He is the perfect Father, always present in mine and all our lives; He never abandons us. He is all love, unconditional love, perfect love. He loved us before we were created, created us precisely because He loves us and nourishes us daily with His very existence, which is love itself.

Fear not His love, for it is tender.
Fear not His call, it is the one you’ve been waiting for your whole life. 
Fear not His path, for it leads us back home. 

Edgar Avendano