Today's Gospel in Art - His disciples were picking ears of corn

Corncob with Leaves, by Gerard van Spaendonck made 1799-1801

Corncob with Leaves, by Gerard van Spaendonck made 1799-1801

Gospel of 7th September 2019 - Luke 6:1-5

One sabbath Jesus happened to be taking a walk through the cornfields, and his disciples were picking ears of corn, rubbing them in their hands and eating them. Some of the Pharisees said, 'Why are you doing something that is forbidden on the sabbath day?' Jesus answered them, 'So you have not read what David did when he and his followers were hungry how he went into the house of God, took the loaves of offering and ate them and gave them to his followers, loaves which only the priests are allowed to eat?' And he said to them, 'The Son of Man is master of the sabbath.'

Reflection on the Print

In today's Gospel reading we hear of the disciples picking ears of corn and eating them. Looks and sounds perfectly innocent. But some of the Pharisees question the actions of the disciples and turn something perfectly harmless into criticism and sarcastic scrutiny. I think getting older, many of us can become quite sarcastic at times. The problem with sarcasm is that it excludes. It does not unify. By making sarcastic remarks, such as the Pharisees here, they wanted to set themselves apart from the disciples; their sarcasm placed them in a higher position; they thought they were better than the rest. So ultimately this sarcasm feeds pride, and is the opposite of humility..... To read on see:

Tags: Christian Art Today, Sarcasm, Ear of Corn, Patrick van der Vorst

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