Category: Modern Art

The Call of Elisha (1 Kings 19:9-21)

The Call of Elisha (1 Kings 19:9-21)

The prophet Elisha was the pupil of the famous prophet, Elijah. He went on to become Elijah’s successor and performed many miracles. His life was one of sacrifice and service. Although he mixed with powerful politicians, he never forgot those on the margins. The story begins when God spoke to Elijah while he was hiding … Continue reading The Call of Elisha (1 Kings 19:9-21)

Christ carries his cross (John 19:16-17)

Christ carries his cross (John 19:16-17)

After being sentenced to death, Christ was ordered to carry his cross to the hill outside Jerusalem where he was to be crucified. At the time, this was standard practice for criminals. Christ probably only carried the heavy cross-beam, rather than the entire cross. The beam would then have been fixed onto an upright stake … Continue reading Christ carries his cross (John 19:16-17)

The Trial of Susanna (Daniel 13:1-64)

The Trial of Susanna (Daniel 13:1-64)

Towards the end of the book of Daniel is a dramatic tale about how the prophet saved an innocent woman named Susanna from the death penalty. It’s a story about attempted rape, the abuse of power and the right to a fair trial. It’s set in Babylon, where the Jews where living in exile. It … Continue reading The Trial of Susanna (Daniel 13:1-64)

The Temptation of Christ (Luke 4:1-13)

The Temptation of Christ (Luke 4:1-13)

The gospels say that after his baptism, the Holy Spirit led Christ into the desert for a spiritual retreat (Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13). Although there were wild animals in the desert, the angels looked after him. After he had fasted for forty days and forty nights, the Devil arrived to tempt him. Pope … Continue reading The Temptation of Christ (Luke 4:1-13)

The Breakfast at Lake Galilee (John 21:1-17)

The Breakfast at Lake Galilee (John 21:1-17)

After his resurrection, Christ continued to appear to his disciples for forty days, at various times and in various ways. His third appearance was on the shores of Lake Galilee (known in St John’s gospel as the ‘Sea of Tiberias’). This was where Christ had previously called several of the apostles, as well as fed … Continue reading The Breakfast at Lake Galilee (John 21:1-17)

Christ gives the keys to St Peter (Matthew 16:13-20)

Christ gives the keys to St Peter (Matthew 16:13-20)

In the region of Caesarea Philippi, Christ told his disciples for the first time that he was the Messiah that had been promised in the Old Testament. At the same time, he also revealed his plan to found the Church, which was to be led by St Peter as the first Pope. The Catechism explains: … Continue reading Christ gives the keys to St Peter (Matthew 16:13-20)

Balaam foresees a star (Numbers 22:1 – 24:25)

Balaam foresees a star (Numbers 22:1 – 24:25)

The story of the prophet Balaam is perhaps one of the quirkiest in the Old Testament. It begins as the Israelites are encamped on the border of Moab, ready to conquer the land. Balak, the king of Moab, decided that he had to take drastic action to stop this happening. In desperation, Balak contacted Balaam, … Continue reading Balaam foresees a star (Numbers 22:1 – 24:25)

The Martyrs of the Maccabees (2 Maccabees 7:1-42)

The Martyrs of the Maccabees (2 Maccabees 7:1-42)

The second book of the Maccabees is one of the last-written books found in the Old Testament. It contains a story of seven brothers and their mother, who were all martyred for their refusal to break the Law of Moses. A century and a half before Christ, a ruthless man named Antiochus Epiphanes became king … Continue reading The Martyrs of the Maccabees (2 Maccabees 7:1-42)

Christ dies upon the cross (John 19:28-30)

Christ dies upon the cross (John 19:28-30)

This bold oil painting of the crucifixion is by the modern artist Graham Sutherland. The work was commissioned in 1963 for the newly-opened church of St Aidan in East Acton. Sutherland had already created a series of artworks based on the crucifixion, but this was his first for a Catholic church. In this bright red canvas, he referenced the … Continue reading Christ dies upon the cross (John 19:28-30)

Christ enters Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11)

Christ enters Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11)

Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, one week before his death, is celebrated by the Church on Palm Sunday, otherwise known as 'Passion Sunday'. All four gospels describe Christ's arrival in the city - riding on a donkey and greeted by cheering crowds who waved palm branches and spread their cloaks upon the ground. (Matthew 21:1-11; … Continue reading Christ enters Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11)