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Gospel in Art

Today's Gospel in Art.


Gospel in Art: Jesus said: 'It is I. Do not be afraid.'

The Man Made Mad with Fear, Self-portrait by Gustave Courbet,1844 © National Museum of Norway, Oslo

Gospel of 13 April 2024 John 6:16-21 In the evening the disciples went down to the shore of the lake and got into a boat to make for Capernaum on the other side of the lake. It was getting dark by now and Jesus had still not rejoined them. The wind was strong, and the sea was getting rough. They had rowed three or four miles when they saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming towards the boat. This... Read More


Gospel in Art: There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish

The miracle of the five loaves and two fish, by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553) Image: National Museum of Fine Arts, Stockholm

Gospel of 12 April 2024 John 6:1-15 Jesus went off to the other side of the Sea of Galilee - or of Tiberias - and a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he gave by curing the sick. Jesus climbed the hillside, and sat down there with his disciples. It was shortly before the Jewish feast of Passover. Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip, 'Where can we buy some ... Read More


Gospel in Art: John the Baptist said: 'The Father loves the Son'

Antony Gormley (born 1950) at Musée Rodin, Paris, Steel sculpture set among moquettes by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), @ Christian Art

Gospel of 11 April 2024 John 3:31-36 John the Baptist said to his disciples: 'He who comes from above is above all others; he who is born of the earth is earthly himself and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven bears witness to the things he has seen and heard, even if his testimony is not accepted; though all who do accept his testimony are attesting the truthfulness of God, since h... Read More


Gospel in Art: Men have shown they prefer darkness to the light

The Nativity at Night, by Geertgen tot Sint Jans (1465-1495), 1490  © National Gallery, London

Gospel of 10 April 2024 John 3:16-21 Jesus said to Nicodemus: 'God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life. For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved. No one who believes in him will be condemned; but whoever refuses to believe is condemned ... Read More


Gospel in Art: The wind blows wherever it pleases

Garden at Sainte-Adresse by Claude Monet,1867 © Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York / Alamy

Gospel of 9 April 2024 John 3:7-15 Jesus said to Nicodemus: 'Do not be surprised when I say: You must be born from above. The wind blows wherever it pleases; you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. That is how it is with all who are born of the Spirit.' 'How can that be possible?' asked Nicodemus. 'You, a teacher in Israel, and you do not know these things... Read More


Gospel in Art: Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

The Annunciation from illuminated Book of Hours, Paris,1420-1425 © The Morgan Library, New York

Gospel of 8 April 2024 Luke 1:26-38 The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. He went in and said to her, 'Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.' She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to ... Read More


Gospel in Art: Thomas replied, 'My Lord and my God!'

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, by Paolo Moranda Cavazzola (1485-1522),  Painted in 1520 © Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona, Italy

Gospel of 7 April 2024 John 20:19-31 In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, 'Peace be with you', and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, 'Peace be with you. 'As ... Read More


Gospel in Art: Easter Saturday - Proclaim the Good News to all creation

Prince of Peace, by Harry Anderson (1906-1996) Oil on canvas. Painted in 1961 © Christian Art

Gospel of 6 April 2024 Mark 16:9-15 Having risen in the morning on the first day of the week, Jesus appeared first to Mary of Magdala from whom he had cast out seven devils. She then went to those who had been his companions, and who were mourning and in tears, and told them. But they did not believe her when they heard her say that he was alive and that she had seen him. After this, he showed him... Read More


Gospel in Art: Easter Friday - Jesus showed himself by the Sea of Tiberias

Jesus appears to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, from Die Bibel in Bildern, by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld © Alamy / Christian Art

Gospel of 5 April 2024 John 21:1-14 Jesus showed himself again to the disciples. It was by the Sea of Tiberias, and it happened like this: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two more of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said, 'I'm going fishing.' They replied, 'We'll come with you.' They went out and got into the boat but caught noth... Read More


Gospel in Art: The disciples were in a state of alarm and fright and then joy

Coloured Plate representing sections at right angles with the tertiary cross axes, by William Benson1871  © Royal Academy of Arts, London

Gospel of 4 April 2024 Luke 24:35-48 The disciples told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised Jesus at the breaking of bread. They were still talking about all this when Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you!' In a state of alarm and fright, they thought they were seeing a ghost. But he said, 'Why are you so agitated, and why are the... Read More


Gospel in Art: Easter Wednesday - The Supper at Emmaus

Friend of the Humble (Supper at Emmaus), by  L'Hermitte © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Gospel of 3 April 2024 Luke 24:13-35 Two of the disciples of Jesus were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all that had happened. Now as they talked this over, Jesus himself came up and walked by their side; but something prevented them from recognising him. He said to them, 'What matters are you discussing as you walk along?' ... Read More


Gospel in Art: Easter Tuesday - Mary Magdalene saw two angels

The Angels hovering over the body of Christ in the Sepulchre by William Blake © V&A, London / Alamy

Gospel of 2 April 2024 John 20:11-18 Mary stayed outside near the tomb, weeping. Then, still weeping, she stooped to look inside, and saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head, the other at the feet. They said, 'Woman, why are you weeping?' 'They have taken my Lord away' she replied 'and I don't know where they have put him.' As she said this she turned roun... Read More


Gospel in Art: Easter Monday - The women came quickly away from the tomb

The Holy Women at the Tomb by George Minne,1896  © 2000-2020 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Gospel of 1 April 2024 Matthew 28:8-15 Filled with awe and great joy the women came quickly away from the tomb and ran to tell the disciples. And there, coming to meet them, was Jesus. 'Greetings' he said. And the women came up to him and, falling down before him, clasped his feet. Then Jesus said to them, 'Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers that they must leave for Galilee; they will see m... Read More


Gospel in Art: Easter Sunday

Resurrection of Christ, by Domenico Ghirlandaio, painted between 1490 and 1495 © Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Gospel of 31 March 2024 Mark 16:1-8 When the sabbath was over, Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices with which to go and anoint him. And very early in the morning on the first day of the week they went to the tomb, just as the sun was rising. They had been saying to one another, 'Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?' But when they looke... Read More

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