He's been spotted on glass, food, trees, stones, photos, reflections, among other. Yes, I'm talking about Jesus Christ. And his mysterious appearences are not a current trend or confined to one place in particular - reports of his apparitions come from the most varied places in the world. Jesus even managed to show up in Google Earth, where a cybernaut swears a group of clouds clearly shows the messiah. In another country, a boy swears he sees the face of Christ in his Xbox. Whereas Maria Rubio found, in 1978, the face of Jesus in a burrito, in New Mexico. Her house became a place of pilgrimage.
In a recent case, a huge block of granite from Brazil, bought by the Verona Marble Company Inc. from Dallas, USA shows a full-length Jesus. For the owners of this company, the great slice of rock, worth approximately 1 500 dollars, was seen as a blessing and the company wants to donate its value to a church nearby.
In Miami, Amy Janer states that you can clearly see the face of Christ in her son's echography. She was 32 weeks pregnant when she saw the image: "My baby couldn't have been in better company" she believes. Amy thinks this was some sort of sign, a warning for her not to give up trying to have a baby, after several miscarriages.
The signs, be they real or imaginary, can be a strong stimulus for faith. Like what happened to Jerry and Wendy Divork, an american couple that converted
to Christianity after seeing an image that mysteriously appeared on their bedroom door, about ten years ago. Although seeing it takes a lot of creativity.
Last month, in a pub in England, Michael Cartwright, a 35-year-old cab driver believes that his cider was blessed! He was amongst a group of friends and, he says that, after the waiter popped the bottle open, the long hair and beard of Jesus showed up on the aluminium on the bottle's neck. According to Cartwright, the photos taken by one of his friends leaves no doubts. The message? Michael wasn't sure, but I think it meant: "Don't drink and drive, Michael, you're a cab driver!"
The apparitions don't stop here and the prosaic cases, even less so. In Arizona, after taking an x-ray of his teeth, a patient and his dentist were frightened to see the face of Jesus in it. No one was able to come up with an explanation for that one. And neither were they able to explain the photos recieved by an NBC affiliate in San Jose, California. In them, Christ supposedly appears, believe it or not, on a shrimp(!). The man who found it believes that it was a sign to get him through his overwhelming divorce.
A few years back, although there's no photographic record of it, a passanger of Alitalia airlines noticed that you could clearly see the face of Jesus in his sandwich. The other passangers gathered round him and even started to pray, believing it was some sort of sign. After the buzz was over, and to everyone's despair, the man ended up eating the sandwich.
In trees, walls, floors, toast, cereals, windows and a number of other places, the images of Jesus tend to become trivial, eBay and other online auctions websites will say. Many are the objects and photos auctioned off as "relics". In 2005, for 2 000 dollars, Jeff Rigo, an american citizen from Pittsburgh, sold an image of Jesus on his bathroom wall. How he shipped it, I haven't the slightest idea. Meanwhile, a pierogi, Polish dumpling, with the face of Jesus reached the 760 dollars mark. But the most well-known case is that of Diana Duyser, an American who auctioned her grilled cheese sandwich with the face of, not Jesus, but his mother, the Virgin Mary. She said that one day, after cooking her grilled cheese sandwich, she took a bite and saw Mary herself looking back. Shocked, she kept it in a plastic bag and, for ten years, kept it on display in her house. Without ever deteriorating, the bitten piece of bread brought Diana a great deal of luck, untill she realized it was time to help others. After winning 70 000 dollars in a casino, the Golden Palace auctioned off the sandwich for about 28 000 dollars.
This issue will always be controversial, as it mixes faith, belief and religion. Although some of these images do look like the idea we have of Jesus, why would he choose to be seen in such common places? Why were some people "chosen"? As a catholic, I'll refrain from judging and keep some opinions to myself. But what about you, reader, what do you think?