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6th Sun C
Sunday 17th February 2019


Image supplied by Kathy Curran
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Visual Meditation

Looking at art works or movies is a great way to open ourselves to the meaning of the Gospels. Seeing can bypass our preconceived notions, giving us new vistas of enlightenment. With painting or sculpture one needs to sit quietly and absorb the dynamics of the piece. The drama of movies more easily engages us and offers a way to conversation about the Gospel with other members of your family.

This Sunday's Visual Meditation

ART WORKS

  • In this picture of The Sermon on the Mount (click red text)by the Italian artist Pietro Annigoni (1910-1988) we do not have the idyllic pastoral scene of many other representations of this scene. Rather we have crowd hugging the sides on an inhospitable mountain. Men and women: the lame, the weak, the distressed, all huddle around the figure of Christ, who rises as a decisive leader in the midst of the suffering masses.

  • This picture (click red text) by Gustave Doré the French illustrator (1832 –1883) shows a pastoral scene, serene, calm balanced with the central focal point of the picture being Christ’s hand pointing decisively to heaven.

MOVIES

Gran Torino may be a surprise suggestion for the Beatitudes but I think it is appropriate on a number of levels. We see the transformation of Walt Kowalski as he finally gives up his antagonism towards the Hmong and recognises the challenges they face as displaced peoples. He tries to deal with the gangs terrorising in the way he knows – with anger and violence but it is only when he faces them as a ‘meek’ man that the terrorism of the gangs is overcome.

Play it forward shows the Gran Torino may be a surprise suggestion for the Beatitudes but I think it is appower of the actively doing good, while also recognising that a straightforward cause and effect does not operate in our broken world.

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