Another day coming at you from set on my acting job!
I know, we’re three weeks away from my wedding, and I’ll be an hour and a half away from home for the next two weeks from 7:45am – 5pm. Perhaps a little crazy, but hey — I like crazy.
Update on the invitation saga…A LOT of people STILL HAVE NOT RECEIVED THEIR INVITATIONS!! We put them in the mail nearly a MONTH ago…
Here’s what we learned: Black, oversized envelopes that require extra postage require extra handling, and take A LOT longer to mail!
Is this something that I wish our invitation lady told us when we were designing it? Yesssss. Are we frustrated and frazzled because our final count is due TODAY and a good number of people haven’t gotten their invitations yet, and we’ve only gotten 15 out of 180 RSVPs back? YESSSS.
So yeah, our weekend consisted of calling and texting 335 people apologizing for the late invite, and asking if they were coming or not.
So yeah…it’s been a bit of a ride this weekend. And now I’m back on set!
But a couple other interesting things happened this weekend! First of all, Steven (my fiance) got his certification to be a Eucharistic Minister at Mass! He did SUCH a great job up there on Sunday! It was so beautiful to receive communion from him. I got a little choked up 🙂
But we’re thinking of both being Eucharistic Ministers at our wedding Mass! (I was certified when I was in high school, so I am already one.) What do you think? I’m a little worried about how logistically that would work with me (and the TRAIN my wedding dress has)…
But my mother assured me that that’s what my bridesmaids are for 🙂
Secondly, in Cincinnati this weekend, not only was it the Flying Pig marathon, not only were the Cincinnati Reds in town, and not only was the Kentucky Derby this weekend…but Banksyland was at a pop up location downtown.
Now, if you’ve never heard of Banksy, then you’re in good company — I didn’t know who he-or-she was before I met my fiance.
Banksy is this anonymous street graffiti artist. And no one knows who this person is. Murals of theirs have sold for upwards of 12 million dollars.
This is his or her most famous work of art, perhaps you’ve seen it.
Anywho — Banksyland is this traveling exhibit that highlights Banksy and their work. It has been in Chicago, NYC, Paris, LA, and now Cincinnati! So that’s pretty cool.
So Steven and I went this weekend.
And sure enough, I walked in, and on the wall was a giant crucifix of Jesus…sort of.
It was was a blasphemous image of Christ.
It was His crucified body in the position on the cross, but there was no cross, and hanging from His pierced hands were shopping bags.
The sign reads…
Capitalism and the Culture of Consumption
A persistent critique of capitalism and consumerism is central to much of Banksy’s work. Trolleys, sale ends, and Christ with shopping bags, all expore symbols of materialism leading to the excesses of contemporary Western cultures in a variety of different media.
Frankly, I don’t care what kind of commentary you’re trying to make about the culture or consumerism — the image of our Lord crucified is not something that you can manipulate or cheapen with shopping bags or cheeky symbolism in the name of “edgy art.”
And it makes me really disgusted that Banksy used this image in such a disrespectful way.
Jesus on the Cross is an image of the greatest act of merciful, sacrificial, self-giving love. Jesus’ mangled, bloody body on the Cross is the fulfillment of the destiny of humanity. It is that blood — His blood — which opened the door to salvation.
I was deeply disturbed by the disrespect shown to that precious image of our Savior’s crucified body — and I needed to share.
As to the commentary on consumerism – sure. I mean, yeah: we live in a horribly materialistic society where excess runs rampant. We have more “stuff” now than ever in history that promises to make us happy and yet, we are a depressed, horribly off-track culture. But none of those truths justify using our Lord’s image in vein.
That’s just my “Two Cents.”
What do you think? Do you think it’s really that “big of a deal?” Did Banksy go too far? Sound off in the comments!
OK – lunch break is over! Time to get back to work!
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