Today's Gospel in Art - Resurrection of widow of Nain's son

Resurrection of son of the widow of Nain, Wilhelm Kotarbinsky 1879 © National Museum Warsaw

Resurrection of son of the widow of Nain, Wilhelm Kotarbinsky 1879 © National Museum Warsaw

Gospel of 17th September 2019 - Luke 7:11-17

Jesus went to a town called Nain, accompanied by his disciples and a great number of people. When he was near the gate of the town it happened that a dead man was being carried out for burial, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a considerable number of the townspeople were with her. When the Lord saw her he felt sorry for her. 'Do not cry' he said. Then he went up and put his hand on the bier and the bearers stood still, and he said, 'Young man, I tell you to get up.' And the dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Everyone was filled with awe and praised God saying, 'A great prophet has appeared among us; God has visited his people.' And this opinion of him spread throughout Judaea and all over the countryside.

Reflection on the Painting on Copper

Our painting today was done by a Polish artist. Son of an impoverished Polish nobleman, Wilhelm Kotarbinsky went to Italy to learn how to paint, and then ended up in Russia where he built out a very strong career in painting, mainly based in Kiev. He was a Catholic and always took great care and interest in painting huge genre scenes (our painting is 222cm. wide; 7 feet) where religious subjects were placed in landscapes which really place us right into the setting and feel of Jesus' time....

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