Today's Gospel in Art - Rich in the sight of God

  • Patrick van der Vorst

Death and the Rich Man, by Frans II Francken,1610, © Galerie Lowet de Wotrenge, Antwerp, Belgium

Death and the Rich Man, by Frans II Francken,1610, © Galerie Lowet de Wotrenge, Antwerp, Belgium

Gospel of 4 August 2019 - Luke 12: 13-21

A man in the crowd said to Jesus, 'Master, tell my brother to give me a share of our inheritance.' 'My friend,' he replied, 'who appointed me your judge, or the arbitrator of your claims?' Then he said to them, 'Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for a man's life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more than he needs.'

Then he told them a parable: 'There was once a rich man who, having had a good harvest from his land, thought to himself, "What am I to do? I have not enough room to store my crops." Then he said, "This is what I will do: I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and store all my grain and my goods in them, and I will say to my soul: My soul, you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come; take things easy, eat, drink, have a good time." But God said to him, "Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?" So it is when a man stores up treasure for himself in place of making himself rich in the sight of God.'

Reflection on the painting

The painting we are looking at is tiny, it is barely 16 by 13 cm. (6 by 5 inches). If you are reading this text on your phone, then the image is probably coming up close to the size of what the painting is in reality. So as a viewer, you have to move very close to the painting to have a proper look and thus join in the intimacy of this painting.

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