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This copy of an 1860 oil painting entitled Ash Wednesday by the German artist Carl Spitzweg contains an allegorical or hidden spiritual comparison between the Harlequin figure and Christ: the Harlequin is in isolation in prison perhaps regretting his excesses of Mardi Gras the night before.  But we can also look upon this figure and contemplate the mystery of Christ who was also condemned and imprisoned.  In some way, we could put ourselves in the shoes of both the Harlequin and Christ: we know our faults but we also know and believe in the mercy for which Christ came and accepted rejection and imprisonment, even death for our sake.  The light of Ash Wednesday and a new day floods into the cell bringing some clarity, healing and hope - gifts we need this Lent.

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