Bauerngarten (Blumengarten),
Painted by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918),
Painted in 1907,
Oil on canvas
© Sold Sotheby’s London, 1 March 2017, lot 11 (£48 million / $59 million)

Bauerngarten (Blumengarten),
Painted by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918),
Painted in 1907,
Oil on canvas
© Sold Sotheby’s London, 1 March 2017, lot 11 (£48 million / $59 million)

Gospel of 16 May 2024

Father, may they be one in us

John 17:20-26

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:

‘Holy Father, I pray not only for these, but for those also who through their words will believe in me.

May they all be one. Father, may they be one in us, as you are in me and I am in you, so that the world may believe it was you who sent me.

I have given them the glory you gave to me, that they may be one as we are one. With me in them and you in me, may they be so completely one that the world will realise that it was you who sent me and that I have loved them as much as you loved me. Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they may always see the glory you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

Father, Righteous One, the world has not known you, but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me. I have made your name known to them and will continue to make it known, so that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and so that I may be in them.’

Reflection on the painting

Painted in 1907 during the golden period of Gustav Klimt’s career, Bauerngarten is a masterpiece of Viennese fin-de-siècle art. The canvas depicts a multitude of different flowers. The many different types and colours convey the natural, harmonious beauty of nature. The thousands of individual flowers somehow make a unified beautiful garden.

Starting in 1900, Klimt regularly ventured outside of Vienna during the summer months, seeking respite and creative inspiration at Litzlberg on the Attersee with his friends and family. It was amidst the rustic charm of the Mayr-Hof garden that Klimt discovered the subject matter for this painting. Surrounded by a delightful assortment of poppies, daisies, zinnias, and roses, the artist was captivated by the informal beauty of the scene, which he translated into a mesmerising tapestry of vibrant colours and textures on his canvas.

Each of us is akin to a unique flower, blossoming within the divine garden tended by God's loving hand. Just as flowers come in a myriad of shapes, colours, and fragrances, we too possess our own distinct qualities and talents bestowed upon us by God. Some of us may be like vibrant roses, radiating beauty and passion, while others may resemble delicate daisies, exuding simplicity and humility. We pray that each of us, each flower, may contribute to the oneness and overall splendour of a garden. In fact, when we embrace our uniqueness and bloom to our fullest potential, we glorify God, participating in the beauty of his divine garden.

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Elvira
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Elvira
4 days ago

Today’s John’s text is still so profound…, in contrast to today’s painting….. I really like it. The P.P. explanation may be childish but I love it…
In this text Jesus speaks of a great task…, because after his departure he asks us to extend the circle of the divine family, the Trinity, very well expressed by SfG. He asks us for unity, which cannot be confused with monolithic thought, but unity in diversity, as Paul asks with the metaphor of the body of Christ…. we all contribute… I think of what Teresa of Calcutta said: a drop of water in the ocean is nothing, but without our contribution to the ocean it would lack a drop.
I’m packing…. we’re going to a family party and then we’ll spend a few days in Madrid… 😊😘🤗 ¡Hasta la vuelta!

Noelle Clemens
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Noelle Clemens
4 days ago
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¡Que lo disfrutes, Elvira! Dale un saludo a Madrid, por favor…. y hasta pronto. 🌺

Andy Bocanegra
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Andy Bocanegra
5 days ago

A beautiful painting and a nice reflection by Father Patrick this morning.

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