Today's Gospel in Art - Jesus left Samaria for Galilee

My Friend, by Helen Robson  2011 © Helen Thomas Robson, all rights reserved

My Friend, by Helen Robson 2011 © Helen Thomas Robson, all rights reserved

Gospel of 23rd March 2020 - John 4:43-54

Jesus left Samaria for Galilee. He himself had declared that there is no respect for a prophet in his own country, but on his arrival the Galileans received him well, having seen all that he had done at Jerusalem during the festival which they too had attended.

He went again to Cana in Galilee, where he had changed the water into wine. Now there was a court official there whose son was ill at Capernaum and, hearing that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judaea, he went and asked him to come and cure his son as he was at the point of death. Jesus said, 'So you will not believe unless you see signs and portents!' 'Sir,' answered the official 'come down before my child dies.' 'Go home,' said Jesus 'your son will live.' The man believed what Jesus had said and started on his way; and while he was still on the journey back his servants met him with the news that his boy was alive. He asked them when the boy had begun to recover. 'The fever left him yesterday' they said 'at the seventh hour.' The father realised that this was exactly the time when Jesus had said, 'Your son will live'; and he and all his household believed.

This was the second sign given by Jesus, on his return from Judaea to Galilee.

Reflection on the Digitally Mastered photograph

A very short reflection today. Sometimes not many words are needed... Helen Robson is a contemporary photographer based in Fayetteville, USA. Her digitally enhanced photos are unique in style. In our artwork today we see Christ by the Sea of Galilee, where He is arriving in today's Gospel reading. He has His hand on a young man's shoulder. Both are deeply involved in conversation, or maybe they are just totally quiet, being in each other's presence. A very strong light is at the left of the artwork, bursting into the composition. They walk towards some rocks… some difficult times ahead... but Jesus will be there for the young man and for all of us, especially as we are facing hard times ahead in the current circumstances... His arm will be embracing us...

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