We occasionally discuss reputed miraculous photographs, and one of the more interesting in a while is a duplicate of a “photo” that was kept in a frame in the bedroom of famed mystic Maria Esperanza of Caracas, Venezuela. According to a source who saw it there and spoke about it with her family (Maria died on August 7, 2004), the photograph had been taken in the 1950s by a friend of Esperanza’s who likewise had mystical gifts. As the account is passed down, it seems the woman, who had longed to know what the Lord looked like, was visiting the Holy Land when she felt compelled to have a companion point a camera over the Jordan River, resulting — allegedly — in what is in the photograph. However, we did not hear this from Maria herself and are made aware that it is close to identical to a painting by an artist named J. R. Wehle (“Jesus Among the Wheatfields”). Obviously, the famous mystic felt it was special, in whatever way, however (was it like what she saw in visions?), and it certainly carries an unusual quality to it. We’re not experts on photographic/artistic manipulation, but it was snapped in the days long before digital cameras and “photo-shopping.” Is it simply a photo of a picture? Perhaps. But it seems anointed. Most “miraculous” photographs are more ambiguous and even amorphous and have to do with reflections of light. While it seems obvious Who the bearded Man represents, some believe the man He is speaking to may be the Apostle Peter, while the younger man behind (near the middle of the picture) is thought to be the beloved Apostle John. Is the older man supposed to be Peter or someone who would have been older at the time, like Nicodemus? They all appear to be standing along a shoreline, which indeed might be the river of Bible fame. There is “water” (in the photo version) and a hillside in the backdrop.