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Today's Gospel in Art - The women who accompanied Jesus

Penitent Magdalene detail by Donatello 1454 © Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence

Gospel of 20th September 2019 - Luke 8: 1-3 Jesus made his way through towns and villages preaching, and proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom of God. With him went the Twelve, as well as certain women who had been cured of evil spirits and ailments: Mary surnamed the Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, Susanna, and several oth...

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Today's Gospel in Art - She brought an alabaster jar of ointment

Maria Magdalene and the Vessel of Ointment,  by Jan van Scorel 1530 © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Gospel of 19th September 2019 - Luke 7: 36-50 One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to a meal. When he arrived at the Pharisee's house and took his place at table, a woman came in, who had a bad name in the town. She had heard he was dining with the Pharisee and had brought with her an alabaster jar of ointment. She waited behind him at his feet, weeping, and her tears fell on his feet,...

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Today's Gospel in Art - They are like children shouting

Nobody Likes me, by iHeart, 2017 Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada © iHeart urban artist

Gospel of 18th September 2019 - Luke 7:31-35 Jesus said to the people: 'What description can I find for the men of this generation? What are they like? They are like children shouting to one another while they sit in the market-place:

'"We played the pipes for you, and you wouldn't dance; we sang dirges, and you wouldn't cry."

'For John the Baptist comes, not eating bread...

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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

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...

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London Exhibition Event: Holy Spirit - Shaping Presence

Holy Spirit - Shaping Presence is the theme of the art exhibition in the Colonnade of the Servite church of Our Lady of Dolours in Fulham west London. On Monday evening 16 September a special evening to accompany the exhibition is being held after Mass at 6.30pm for the Feast of Our Lady of Dolours.

After the welcome by Fr Chris O'Brien OSM at 7.15pm, there will be talks by artis...

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Today's Gospel in Art - The Centurion and his Servant

The Centurion, Nathan Green

Gospel of 16th Sep 2019 - Luke 7: 1-10 When Jesus had come to the end of all he wanted the people to hear, he went into Capernaum. A centurion there had a servant, a favourite of his, who was sick and near death. Having heard about Jesus he sent some Jewish elders to him to ask him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus they pleaded earnestly with him. 'He deserves thi...

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New show: Walking to Jerusalem

In 2017, to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, the fiftieth year of the Occupation of Palestinian Territories and the tenth year of the blockade of Gaza, in partnership with Amos Trust, the award-winning playwright, actor and musician Justin Butcher organised and led the Just Walk to Jerusalem - a 3,400 km pilgrimage on foot from London to Jerusalem, calling for equal rights in the ...

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Today's Gospel in Art - The blind leading the blind

The Blind Leading the Blind, by Pieter Brueghel the Elder 1568 © Museo di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy

Luke 6: 39-42 Jesus told a parable to the disciples: 'Can one blind man guide another? Surely both will fall into a pit? The disciple is not superior to his teacher; the fully trained disciple will always be like his teacher. Why do you observe the splinter in your brother's eye and never notice the plank in your own? How can you say to your brother, "Brother, let me take out the spl...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Love your enemies

Girl with Balloon,  by Banksy,  2006 © Sotheby's London, 5 October 2018

Gospel of 12th September 2019 - Luke 6: 27-38 Jesus said to his disciples: 'I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly. To the man who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek too; to the man who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse your tunic. Give to everyone who ask...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Happy you who weep now: you shall laugh

Crying Girl, by Roy Lichtenstein, 1963

Gospel of 11th September 2019 - Luke 6: 20-26

Fixing his eyes on his disciples Jesus said:

'How happy are you who are poor: yours is the kingdom of God.

Happy you who are hungry now: you shall be satisfied.

Happy you who weep now: you shall laugh.

Happy are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the Son of ...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Jesus picked out the twelve apostles

The Calling of the Twelve Apostles, by Domenico Ghirlandaio, 1481, © Sistine Chapel, Vatican

Gospel of 10 September - Luke 6: 12-19 Jesus went out into the hills to pray; and he spent the whole night in prayer to God. When day came he summoned his disciples and picked out twelve of them; he called them 'apostles': Simon whom he called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon called the Zealot, Judas son o...

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Today's Gospel in Art: He said to the man with the withered hand, 'Stand up!'

Pharisees, by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff  1912, © Museum of Modern Art, New York

Gospel of 9th September 2019 - Luke 6:6-11 On the sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach, and a man was there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees were watching him to see if he would cure a man on the sabbath, hoping to find something to use against him. But he knew their thoughts; and he said to the man with the wi...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Anyone who does not carry his cross, cannot be my disciple

Fifth Station of the Cross, Via Crucis, Pasierbiec, Poland. John Paul II is modelled as Simon of Cyrene

Gospel of 8th September 2019 - Luke 14:25-33 Great crowds accompanied Jesus on his way and he turned and spoke to them. 'If any man comes to me without hating his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, yes and his own life too, he cannot be my disciple. Anyone who does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.

'And indeed, which of you here, inten...

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

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 wer...

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