Conservators, Denise Invamoto (left) and Valentina Giatto, work on a section of the lower hall roof painting, showing William III and Mary II, at Painted Hall, known as the Sistine Chapel of the UK, whose 40,000 sq foot painted interior is undergoing restoration at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
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Conservators, Denise Invamoto (left) and Valentina Giatto, work on a section of the lower hall roof painting, showing William III and Mary II, at Painted Hall, known as the Sistine Chapel of the UK, whose 40,000 sq foot painted interior is undergoing restoration at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
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Gospel of 7 November 2022

If your brother does something wrong, reprove him

Luke 17:1-6

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Obstacles are sure to come, but alas for the one who provides them! It would be better for him to be thrown into the Sea with a millstone put round his neck than that he should lead astray a single one of these little ones. Watch yourselves!

If your brother does something wrong, reprove him and, if he is sorry, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times a day and seven times comes back to you and says, “I am sorry,” you must forgive him.’

The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’ The Lord replied, ‘Were your faith the size of a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea,” and it would obey you.’

Reflection on the painted ceiling restoration

'If your brother does something wrong, reprove him’ Jesus tells us today. This may sound a little harsh at first, but upon deeper reflection it isn’t. There is a big difference between ‘telling someone off’ and ‘reproving' someone. Telling someone off comes out of a negative place; it comes out of a place of annoyance or impatience. However, the ‘reproving’ Jesus mentions comes out of a place of love and generosity. It is done with the intention of helping the other person: helping them to grow, to improve, to become a better person.

Whilst receiving praise is flattering and motivating, it rarely helps us grow as a person. Often the criticism we receive, if it comes from a place of genuine love (because the other person wills the good for you), can be a great source for personal growth and growth towards God.

Also this word ‘reproving’ is a beautiful word, as it implies a certain gentleness of intent. Just as RE-storing a painting or RE-pairing an antique piece of furniture brings back great beauty and radiance to the work of art, so can the RE-proving we receive from our friends, colleagues, formation staff etc, genuinely help us to bring our heart to the right place.

So today's image is a photograph of conservators Denise Invamoto (left) and Valentina Giatto (right), at work on a section of the lower hall roof painting (showing William III and Mary II) at Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, also known as the Sistine Chapel of the UK, whose 40,000-square-foot painted interior has undergone restoration. The restoration has brought back to full splendour the vibrancy of colours. As carefully executed, professional restoration simply returns the artwork to its original appearance, as intended by the artist, … so can true reproval return us to being more aware of the original plan that God intended for each of us.

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Michael Trudeau
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Michael Trudeau(@michaeltrudeau)
1 month ago

The act of forgiveness may or may not affect the forgiven, the wrong doer. It depends on how that person receives the forgiveness. But true forgiveness always affects the forgiver, the one who was wronged. It takes bitterness from our grasp. It makes us obedient to our Savior’s charge in the Lord’s prayer to us to forgive others. And every act of forgiveness is a step to being more like Jesus.

Charles Marriott
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Charles Marriott(@chazbo)
1 month ago

A good comparison between REstoration and REproving. Both have the intention of REstoring the correct state of affairs in the human and the artwork.

spaceforgrace
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spaceforgrace(@spaceforgrace)
1 month ago

Mmmm…challenging messages this morning Patrick!
Firstly William and Mary were ‘invited’ to be joint monarchs of the United Kingdom because they were Protestant. Deposing the Catholic King James II. This time in English history was not a good one for Catholics here, the repercussions for the Irish particularly would rebound down the centuries.
However, their monarchy was unique in it being a partnership, both ruling equally together until Mary’s death.

Now for the reading.
What if someone wrongs you and never says sorry- are you supposed to forgive them too? Does it mean there is no redemption for them? This isn’t an empty question but one which challenges my life every single day. It is easy for me to forgive, but if they never say sorry is that forgiveness from me then invalid? Am I wasting my time?

This is a rhetorical question as in the end the judge will be neither of us, but a higher authority.

Charles Marriott
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Charles Marriott(@chazbo)
1 month ago
Reply to  spaceforgrace

Yes, I was going to say that although the ceiling is dramatic and very large in many ways it does not compare with the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Sir James Thornhill is not a household, name even in this country, and the subject matter of the ceiling (the so-called Glorious Revolution) is secular and by definition ephemeral. The removal of James II was a national disgrace😒. There is a woman in our parish who is writing a book attempting to re-establish his reputation. Just saying…..😀

spaceforgrace
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spaceforgrace(@spaceforgrace)
1 month ago

Well good for her! I’m no expert on James II but I feel it is time to redress the balance for sure.

Andrew Bocanegra
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Andrew Bocanegra(@bogie29)
1 month ago
Reply to  spaceforgrace

Christ forgave all of us without us asking for it. It is up to us to accept that forgiveness. You are not wasting your time forgiving others. It is up to them whether they accept forgiveness. You are doing what Christ is asking of you.

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