During the month of June, I took a course called Building an Audience (primarily on the internet) at the University of Toronto. Around 7:30 on June 8, some of us became aware of a swishing sound coming in through the open doorway. The woman sitting to my left leaned over and whispered, “Is that rain?” The woman on the other side of me thought it must be people cleaning the halls.
Well, it was rain, heavy rain. When I got home, I was met with a strange sight. A huge limb, which had been torn off a tree, lay across the lawn. I thought: Is that the neighbors dumping their junk on us again? and went to bed. The next morning, I was startled to see a full-grown tree lying prone, roots sticking up into the air in the parking lot of the Cliffside Shopping Center where I shop for groceries. When I went into the bulk store, the woman who usually waits on me was still excited about the devastation the storm had wreaked around her home on Midland Avenue. See first picture below. It was then that I realized the limb of the lawn was our limb; our apartment complex had been a scene of devastation while I was at class. I felt quite deprived and even more so when I obtained pictures of the wreckage. I love storms and that would have been a very exciting one to watch. Oh well, I shall just have to make do with the pictures.
The Church of the Circumcision
Who is the woman on the left of the above mosaic? Can you even see her in the shadows? Actually, she represents the Church of the Jews. The brightly-lit figure on the right embodies the Church of the Gentiles. The woman in the dark is a perfect example of how the Church plunged the Jewish followers of Jesus into the mists of history.
This mosaic is over the 'cypress doors' of the Church of Santa Sabrina in Rome. Built around 420-430 CE, it shows that the Church of the Jews was recognized as a prominent institution at that time. Its placement on the left, of course, shows its subservience to the Church of the Gentiles.
Being on the left, however, is symbolically apt: the Jewish followers of Jesus maintained his vision of establishing a kingdom of righteousness here on earth while the Gentile Church vigorously supported the establishment.
This is an important theme in my book, "Cover-Up: How History Silenced Jesus' True Heirs."