Mary the Morning Star | BRIDGES EXPLANATION
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BRIDGES EXPLANATION

BRIDGES

All of the figures of the painting are framed in an open Torah scroll from which fire comes out because the Word of God is fire.

In the center of the painting the loved one and his love, God and his people, Israel and the Church. There are two doves in the Loved One’s hair and in her eyes, because the dove symbolizes love. The two lovers are within a heart, but this heart is broken, broken because of the expulsion of the Jews in Spain who leave Toledo by the Bridge of San Martin (1) and fall into the abyss.

2. The breakage of the heart tries to repair itself through bridges that unite it. At the neck level it is written tiferet, beauty in Hebrew. The Beauty allows an approach, but the bridge that trully can unite again is Love, ahava in Hebrew. And this is the word written on the eyes of the bridge which is further up, in Spanish on the left and in Hebrew on the right.(3) This bridge is the one that also unites the earth symbolized by Toledo (4) with heaven symbolized by the Temple of Heavenly Jerusalem (5)

6. In the lower right corner the Jews who pray in the Synagogue of Ibn Shoshan and who study the Torah. Contemplation of the Word. Above them is the image of Jerusalem (7).

8. In the opposite corner the consecrated who prays in front of the Holy Sacrament. Contemplation of the Verb

9. In the upper part, the eagle, who carries the lamb in his beak and goes toward the Temple, symbol of the sacrifice offered to God

10. On his left, the dove, drawn with a verse in Hebrew from the “Song of Songs” “Love is strong as death.” symbolizing the Holy Spirit.

Only Love is the bridge capable of uniting us with God and among ourselves. Only Love can repair the divisions and the wounds.