March 16th, 2008

Madonna del "Magnificat" (detail)

Palm Sunday

Today it is Palm Sunday. Yesterday I helped to make Easter crosses. These crosses represent the palm branches people waved with in the story about Jesus entry in Jerusalem. I helped making them in Heerenveen, and this morning I saw Easter crosses again in Amsterdam, carried around in procession in the church I went to, after having delivered my daughter at the Concertgebouw, where she had to sing for the second time in the Matthaus Passion. That is a nice characteristic of institutional religions. The rituals are essentially the same. In many, many services today children in Holland have carried these crosses through the building.   

Yesterday in Heerenveen


Today in Amsterdam, Dominicus

Simon of Cyrene Carries the Cross

At the sixth station Jesus cross is carried by Simone de Cyrene. The Gospel tells that he is forced by soldiers to carry it. My question today is: “Whose burden is laid upon me?” 


As an answer I have pulled the Fool from the Tarot of the Secret Forest. 


Since it is the carefree Fool I am tempted to say that I am not forced to carry a burden from someone. But I am afraid it is not me but the person(s) whose burden I carry are depicted here. I take upon me (I rephrase here, I know) the burden of them who do not take responsibility for their own lives.