Today's Gospel in Art - The last shall be first and the first last

© Doug Hall cartoons 1984

© Doug Hall cartoons 1984

Gospel of 30th October 2019 - Luke 13: 22-30

Through towns and villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, 'Sir, will there be only a few saved?' He said to them, 'Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.

'Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself knocking on the door, saying, "Lord, open to us" but he will answer, "I do not know where you come from." Then you will find yourself saying, "We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets" but he will reply, "I do not know where you come from. Away from me, all you wicked men!"

'Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside. And men from east and west, from north and south, will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.

'Yes, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.'

Reflection on the Cartoon

As I mentioned before, cartoons are as legitimate an art form as any of the other disciplines within the arts. This cartoon sums up the attitude of many of us. We don't want to be first or last, we are happy to wallow somewhere in the middle… We don't want to engage enough with our faith as it requires effort and commitment; but we don't want to completely disengage, just in case… So we are happy to hover in the middle.....

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Tags: Christian Art Today, Patrick van der Vorst, Doug Hall, First, Last

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