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Gospel in Art

Today's Gospel in Art.

Gospel in Art: Feast of Saint Andrew

Illuminated Manuscript - the Calling of Peter and Andrew, by Master of the Brussels Initials. ©The John Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Gospel of 30 November 2023 Matthew 4:18-22 As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast in the lake with their net, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, 'Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.' And they left their nets at once and followed him. Going on from there he saw another pair of... Read More

Gospel in Art: Your endurance will win you your lives

The Day Before War Broke Out (A Football Match, 1939), by Paul Smith, Painted in 2006,  © National Football Museum, Manchester

Gospel of 29 November 2023 Luke 21:12-19 Jesus said to his disciples: 'Men will seize you and persecute you; they will hand you over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and bring you before kings and governors because of my name - and that will be your opportunity to bear witness. Keep this carefully in mind: you are not to prepare your defence, because I myself shall give you an eloquence and ... Read More

Gospel in Art: The destruction of the Temple foretold

The Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem, by Francesco Hayez, 1867  © Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice, Italy

Gospel of 28 November 2023 Luke 21:5-11 When some were talking about the Temple, remarking how it was adorned with fine stonework and votive offerings, Jesus said, 'All these things you are staring at now - the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another: everything will be destroyed.' And they put to him this question: 'Master,' they said 'when will this happen, then, and what ... Read More

Gospel in Art: Jesus noticed a poverty-stricken widow putting in two small coins

The Widow's Mite, painted by William Teulon Blandford Fletcher, (1858-1936) 1890  © Worcester City Museums, England

Gospel of 27 November 2023 Luke 21:1-4 As Jesus looked up, he saw rich people putting their offerings into the treasury; then he happened to notice a poverty-stricken widow putting in two small coins, and he said, 'I tell you truly, this poor widow has put in more than any of them; for these have all contributed money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in all she had to live on... Read More

Gospel in Art: Feast of Christ the King

Christ the King Crucified, Limoges 1200-1215,  Enamels on copper © Cluny Museum / Alamy

Gospel of 26 November 2023 Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus said to his disciples: 'When the Son of Man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All the nations will be assembled before him and he will separate men one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left. 'Then t... Read More

Gospel in Art: Those who are judged worthy of a place in the other world

Mirror Case, Made in Paris, circa 1350-75,  Carved ivory © Metropolitan Museum, New York

Gospel of 25 November 2023 Luke 20: 27-40 Some Sadducees - those who say that there is no resurrection - approached Jesus and they put this question to him, 'Master, we have it from Moses in writing, that if a man's married brother dies childless, the man must marry the widow to raise up children for his brother. Well then, there were seven brothers. The first, having married a wife, died childles... Read More

Gospel in Art: You have turned God's house into a robbers' den

Christ driving the money-changers from the Temple, by Cecco del Caravaggio, 1610 © Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

Gospel of 24 November 2023 Luke 19:45-48 Jesus went into the Temple and began driving out those who were selling. 'According to scripture,' he said 'my house will be a house of prayer. But you have turned it into a robbers' den.' He taught in the Temple every day. The chief priests and the scribes, with the support of the leading citizens, tried to do away with him, but they did not see how they c... Read More

Gospel in Art: Jesus sheds tears over the coming fate of Jerusalem

View of Jerusalem. Photographed by Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, 1844 © The Smithsonian Museum, Washington

Gospel of 23 November 2023 Luke 19:41-44 As Jesus drew near Jerusalem and came in sight of the city he shed tears over it and said, 'If you in your turn had only understood on this day the message of peace! But, alas, it is hidden from your eyes! Yes, a time is coming when your enemies will raise fortifications all round you, when they will encircle you and hem you in on every side; they will dash... Read More

Gospel in Art: Feast of Saint Cecilia

Saint Cecilia, by Stefano Maderno, 1599-1600 © Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome / Christian Art

Gospel of 22 November 2023 Luke 19:11-28 While the people were listening, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and they imagined that the kingdom of God was going to show itself then and there. Accordingly he said, 'A man of noble birth went to a distant country to be appointed king and afterwards return. He summoned ten of his servants and gave them ten pounds. "Do busin... Read More

Gospel in Art: Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple, by Titian. 1534-38  © Galleria dell'Accademia, Venice

Gospel of 21 November 2023 Luke 19:1-10 Jesus entered Jericho and was going through the town when a man whose name was Zacchaeus made his appearance: he was one of the senior tax collectors and a wealthy man. He was anxious to see what kind of man Jesus was, but he was too short and could not see him for the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus who was to ... Read More

Gospel in Art: There was a blind man sitting at the side of the road

Christ Revealed, by Felice Tagliaferri,  2011 © Felice Tagliaferri / Museo Archeologico di Napoli

Gospel of 20 November 2023 Luke 18:35-43 As Jesus drew near to Jericho there was a blind man sitting at the side of the road begging. When he heard the crowd going past he asked what it was all about, and they told him that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by. So he called out, 'Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.' The people in front scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he shouted all the ... Read More

Gospel in Art: Sir, you entrusted me with two talents

Parable of the Talents, by Andrei Mironov, 2013 © Andrei Mironov Artist

Gospel of 19 November 2023 Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus spoke this parable to his disciples: 'The kingdom of Heaven is like a man on his way abroad who summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to a third one; each in proportion to his ability. Then he set out. 'The man who had received the five talents promptly went and traded with them and m... Read More

Gospel in Art: The parable of the unjust judge

The Parable of the Unjust Judge, by Pieter de Grebber, 1628, © Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

Gospel of 18 November 2023 Luke 18:1-8 Jesus told his disciples a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart. 'There was a judge in a certain town' he said 'who had neither fear of God nor respect for man. In the same town there was a widow who kept on coming to him and saying, "I want justice from you against my enemy!" For a long time he refused, but at last he said to himse... Read More

Gospel in Art: As it was in Noah's day

Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat, by Simon de Myle, 1570  © Private Collection, France

Gospel of 17 November 2023 Luke 17:26-37 Jesus said to the disciples: 'As it was in Noah's day, so will it also be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating and drinking, marrying wives and husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It will be the same as it was in Lot's day: people were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting... Read More

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