Today's Gospel in Art - You too must stand ready

  • Patrick van der Vorst

Sound II,  Antony Gormley, 1986, © Winchester Cathedral, UK

Sound II, Antony Gormley, 1986, © Winchester Cathedral, UK

Gospel on 11 August 2019 - Luke 12: 35-40

Jesus said to his disciples:

'See that you are dressed for action and have your lamps lit. Be like men waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. I tell you solemnly, he will put on an apron, sit them down at table and wait on them. It may be in the second watch he comes, or in the third, but happy those servants if he finds them ready.

You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what hour the burglar would come, he would not have let anyone break through the wall of his house. You too must stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.'

Reflection on the Sculpture

Today's reading ends with the words 'You too must stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect'. Thinking of a standing figure, in a meditative pose, what better work to look at than this sculpture by Antony Gormley. I grew up in Belgium and at the age of 24 I went to live in the United Kingdom where I have lived ever since. One of the very first artworks I encountered there was this work by Antony Gormley, which stands in the crypt of Winchester Cathedral. I thought it was stunning. When it rains, water enters the crypt, and the figure's feet stand in the water, as we can see in this photograph of the work in situ.....

To read on, visit: www.christianart.today/daily-gospel-reading/139


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