Christ the King Year A
Sunday 22nd November 2020

Image supplied by Mary Bevis

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


  • This illustration from the La Vista Children’s bible (click red text) shows a shepherd separating sheep and goats with the help of his child.
  • This painting by Fra angelico. (click red text) is a rich depiction of the glory of heaven. Links to details of this painting can be seen at by clicking the red text.
  • In contrast Hieronymus Bosch’s depiction of Hell (click red text) shows his vivid imagination.
  • Carravagio’s representation of The Seven Acts of Mercy (click red text) is very challenging. I include here a commentary on this painting: “The seven acts of mercy represented in the painting are the following: On the right appear the (1) burial of the dead and the episode of the so-called Carita Romana (Cimon's daughter giving her father suck in prison), which contains at once the two charitable acts of (2) visiting prisoners and (3) feeding the hungry. (4) Dressing the naked appears in the foreground, symbolized by St. Martin and the beggar. Next to this scene, the host and St. James of Compostela allude to the (5) offering of hospitality to pilgrims. (6) Relieving the thirsty is represented by Samson drinking from the ox jaw. The youth on the ground behind the beggar of St. Martin may also represent the merciful gesture of (7) caring for the sick.”

  • Frans Francken’s painting The Seven Acts of Mercy (click red text) is more conventional.


  • Les Miserables
  • Walking Across Egypt
  • Molokai
  • Entertaining Angels
  • Mother Teresa