It’s a sculpting technique that literally means Unfinished. The technique was pioneered by the early Italian Renaissance artist, Donatello. It was later used by many other artists, including Michelangelo, who used it to create this beautiful piece sculpture, known as The Pietà.
The technique is one where the sculpted piece appears almost unfinished because the artist only uses part of the block, which leaves the sculpture looking almost stuck or part of the stone or block of material itself.
This is us, isn’t it? Unfinished. Incomplete. Or as one t-shirt my mom made me wear as a kid said: “Still Under Construction!”
We are not who we were created to be. But thankfully, Advent reminds us that neither are we…who we one day…will be.
Thank God for these hopeful reminders in Advent. Reminders that speak hope into the “Non finito” reality of our lives. After all, that is the tension we feel, isn’t it? The tension of the “now, and not yet“. Which then…actually makes it a hopeful tension! One that reminds us that no matter how good, how painful, how broken, how scarred, how failed our lives may be…..our stories are not over. They are….TO BE CONTINUED.
May the hope of Christ’s return and the promise of final completion and restoration of all things….fill our hearts with that beautiful Advent mantra and shout of cosmic hope: “Come, Lord Jesus“.