Tag: Postmodern Art

Christ meets the woman at the well (John 4:1-42)

Christ meets the woman at the well (John 4:1-42)

The episode of Christ meeting the Samaritan women at a well belongs in St John’s gospel (John 4:1-42). The story gives us a sense of Christ’s respect for women, his sensitivity and his determination to break down barriers. One day, when he was on his way back to Galilee, Christ came to a town called … Continue reading Christ meets the woman at the well (John 4:1-42)

The Crucifixion (Psalm 22:1-18)

The Crucifixion (Psalm 22:1-18)

Psalm 22, traditionally thought to be by King David, is a heartrending prayer for relief from suffering. From the gospels, however, we learn that the psalm is also a coded reference to the crucifixion of Christ. There are a number of reasons why this is. Firstly, St John’s gospel says that while Christ was being … Continue reading The Crucifixion (Psalm 22:1-18)

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:1-7)

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:1-7)

Right after the Last Supper, after Judas Iscariot had left the room, Christ gave a farewell speech to his disciples. He promised them that he would prepare a place for them all in heaven, the place where he was about to go. He also spoke about the way to get there. However, they struggled to … Continue reading I am the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:1-7)

Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28:10-22)

Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28:10-22)

While he was in his forties, Jacob had a dream about God that changed his life forever. The dream took place while he was on the run from his brother, Esau, who he had cheated out of his birthright. To escape his angry twin, Jacob was sent by his parents to stay with his uncle … Continue reading Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28:10-22)

The Healing of the Paralysed Man (Luke 5:17-26)

The Healing of the Paralysed Man (Luke 5:17-26)

The story of Christ healing a paralysed man is included in three of the gospels (Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26). Each of the accounts include individual details which enable us to build up a bigger picture of what happened. One day, when Christ was teaching the people at a house in Capernaum (probably St … Continue reading The Healing of the Paralysed Man (Luke 5:17-26)

The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)

The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)

wwAccording to the Church, the death of Christ is revealed throughout the whole Bible. As Pope St John Paul II explained: “There were many messianic texts in the Old Testament which foreshadowed the sufferings of the future Anointed One of God. Among all these, particularly touching is the one which is commonly called the Fourth … Continue reading The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)

The Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)

The Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)

The escape of the Holy Family from Israel into Egypt has long been a favourite subject in Christian art. The event was traditionally understood as one of the “seven sorrows” of the Virgin Mary, which explains why it became such a popular scene. Pope Benedict XVI explained the story this way: “The evangelist Matthew narrates … Continue reading The Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)

The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-11)

The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-11)

Just before Christ ascended to heaven, he promised his apostles that after he was gone, he would empower them with the Holy Spirit. They were to wait in Jerusalem for this to happen (Acts 1:1-4). This event took place ten days later, on the feast day of Pentecost. They were all gathered together in the Upper Room … Continue reading The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-11)

The Resurrection of Christ (Matthew 28:1-20)

The Resurrection of Christ (Matthew 28:1-20)

This brightly-coloured, imposing window from St George's Cathedral depicts the Resurrection of Christ in glory on Easter Sunday. The details of the stricken Roman soldiers, who were keeping guard at the tomb, show that the scene is based on St Matthew's gospel - who alone records their presence. The Risen Christ is shown in a manner that has … Continue reading The Resurrection of Christ (Matthew 28:1-20)

The Childhood of Christ (Luke 2:39-40; 51-52)

The Childhood of Christ (Luke 2:39-40; 51-52)

Although it’s a favourite subject in art, little is actually known of the childhood of Christ. All we know is that after his birth in Bethlehem, he grew up in Nazareth, living in obedience to his parents. As Pope St John Paul II said: “The Gospels offer very sparse information about the years the Holy … Continue reading The Childhood of Christ (Luke 2:39-40; 51-52)