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When thinking of the physical image of Jesus Christ one usually picturesa middle aged white bearded male This has been a common image forcenturies however it is now the year 2000 and everything is changing Duringthis period of change and to celebrate the millennium and observe Christs birththe National Catholic Reporter decided to sponsor an international contest whichinvited artists to conceive new images of Christ Janet McKenzies paintingJesus of the People represents the complete antithesis of the common overusedimage of Jesus McKenzies painting portrays Jesus as not white but black notmale but androgynous Her image has shocked many and received manyPersonally I think that this portrayal is amazing Its avant-garde andahead of the times The world is changing in all aspects and I believe that thisnew image of Jesus is extremely appropriate in that the world is no longerpredominately run by wealthy white males Although some may not acceptMcKenzies work now I think that in time it will become more and moreMcKenzies Jesus seems to be calm and relaxed I strongly agree withSister Wendy Becketts comment of Jesus gazing back at viewers with ineffabledignity Although heshe appears to be at ease heshe also suggests a state of deep thought and contemplation His physical characteristics and stance are alsoquite interesting As heshe stands with hisher arms crossed and closedheshe still appears loving I believe that this feeling comes from hisher facialexpression Yet although hisher arms are crossed shut it almost seems thatheshe is embracing someone or something Its inviting as if heshe wants toIn conclusion Janet McKenzies Jesus of the People is a work of art bothrepresentative of the times yet parallel to old ideas I admire her courage toportray Jesus in her personal unique view and respect her vision I believe thatit is time that our common image of Jesus transforms into one which is moreuniversal and acceptable by all races and both genders
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