In Thy Wounds
This painting is a remake of Caravaggio’s Incredulity of St. Thomas. In this modern retake, Thomas touches the Hapag and scrutunizes it. This reminds me of a 2nd year college student who visited my exhibit a year ago in the UST Fine Arts Department. She approached me and said in a soft voice, “Sir, I am an atheist.” Not sure of what I heard, I asked her to repeat. Again she went, “Sir, I am an atheist.” Pointing at the Hapag painting, she followed through, “But sir, if that is what God si all about, it has awakened a part of me.” I just smiled.
Six months later, I mounted another exhibit at the UST Museums. My heart stopped when I read a message in the guest book, I will never forget those words: “I am the atheist student who approached you the other time. I have been visiting your new exhibit five times already hoping that I would meet you, Sir. I have been baptized already.”