May I speak in the name of God. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
There is a painting that hangs on the wall of the north transept of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh; it was painted in the cathedral in 1910.
The painting is of the Cathedral’s interior. The scene depicted is a mass being celebrated. In the image, the congregation have come to the altar rail to receive Holy Communion, but that is not the focus. In the foreground there are two figures; one, a woman shrouded in darkness. She is kneeling at the back of the church behind the pews, not a part of the celebration. She is known as ‘the penitent woman’. Standing next to her with an outstretched arm is the risen Lord bathed in light. A complete contrast to the penitent woman.