My initial impression on your comparing Verdenal and Christ was that
you had to be out of your mind. I'm rethinking this though now. In
Part V of TWL I've thought that the opening garden of Gethesmane scene
was TSE's own objective correlative for his feelings for Verdenal,
love/friendship and a guilt over abandonment. Then I feel that there
is a good chance that the hooded third is a Verdendal figure. Thus,
in a way, I'm comparing Verdenal and Christ also. But I'm not saying
that Eliot found religion through Verdenal.
BTW - note that "He who was living is now dead" is near a mention of
thunder and you have Verdenal in the flash of lightning in some way
(I've lost your post temporarily to check your thoughts on this.)
Oh yes, I feel that the dry bones are Verdenal's too and that he also
shows up in the Voice of the Thunder section of Part V.
I've still got a few more things to say about Canto 33 but I have just
limited time right now.