When people ask, “What is your medium (in painting)?”, I wonder what the Divine artist used as His medium to communicate with us. My trip to a dump site gave me an answer. I was struck by a small tattered ‘parol’ (a star-shaped lantern) which hung at an abandoned garbage truck. I couldn’t help but think of the possibility of Jesus being born in such lowly place.
A garbage site is one of the saddest and most humiliating sights; children digging into a mountain of mock, at times jumping into the jaws of trucks to salvage things out before they even reach the dump site. These are the outskirts of our community, unnoticed until the tragic garbage slide happens. It is humanity at its worst.
Nothing is more extremely lowly than God becoming a man. He was using the best medium in his art; solidarity with man by becoming as lowly as man. His invitation? To live more in solidarity with others than to my own image or rights, my own comforts or lifestyle. Such is the most amazing medium in the world because it communicates the immeasurable love of God.