Crying Girl,
Painted by Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997),
Executed in 1964. This work is number four from an edition of five,
porcelain enamel on steel
© Alamy / Christie’s New York, 9 November 2015, lot 22a, sold $13,381,000

Crying Girl,
Painted by Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997),
Executed in 1964. This work is number four from an edition of five,
porcelain enamel on steel
© Alamy / Christie’s New York, 9 November 2015, lot 22a, sold $13,381,000

Gospel of 7 September 2022

Happy you who weep now; you shall laugh

Luke 6:20-26

Fixing his eyes on his disciples Jesus said:

‘How happy are you who are poor: yours is the kingdom of God.

Happy you who are hungry now: you shall be satisfied.

Happy you who weep now: you shall laugh.

 

Happy are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, for then your reward will be great in heaven. This was the way their ancestors treated the prophets.

‘But alas for you who are rich: you are having your consolation now.

Alas for you who have your fill now: you shall go hungry.

Alas for you who laugh now: you shall mourn and weep.

 

‘Alas for you when the world speaks well of you! This was the way their ancestors treated the false prophets.’

Reflection on the painting on copper

During the late 1950s many American painters began to adapt the imagery and motifs of comic strips and pop culture, integrating them in their art works. One of the ground-breaking artists of this Pop Art movement was Roy Lichtenstein. His Crying Girl here goes beyond just a depiction of comic strip emotions. Lichtenstein depicts the glamorous idealisation of an American girl. But there is more going on. On the outside she seems beautiful, but inside the emotions burst out, showing that beneath the perfection she is truly struggling… She seems almost trapped, reflecting the state of many women in America during the 1960’s, according to Lichtenstein, as women were fighting for equality. Alongside the painting of the crying woman, we can almost place Jesus' comforting words right next to it: 'Happy you who weep now; you shall laugh'.

In today’s reading Jesus goes against the grain of our instinct. We usually would want to move on from crying to laughter, from poverty to riches, or from hunger to eating; etc… However, Jesus tells us that each of these less desirable states (from which we instinctively would want to move along) can be states of blessing. So it is a message of hope, that any of us who are sad and weep, are blessed, as there will a time when God will wipe those tears from our eyes… For we all have wept at some stage in our lives (the loss of a family member, illness, disappointments at work, etc…). In a culture that values strength and grows uncomfortable with tears, Jesus tells us that he is walking with us in our valley of tears… and that God will turn our tears into shouts of joy…

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Jeff Anderson
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Jeff Anderson(@jeffa)
2 months ago

As someone who as worked in the comic industry, I can’t find it in me to appreciate Lichtenstein’s plagiarism. Look up Russ Heath, A Bottle of Wine.

Iris
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Iris(@molly)
3 months ago

Such a very relevant image for me today. A year ago on this date, my only brother passed away, a victim of a cruel, fast, horrible cancer. Just three months from diagnosis, he was gone. So this weeping girl image has been me today…and yes, I know that there will be smiles and laughter in the days to come, but for now tears need to fall. It’s the love coming out ?
Nice image and reading.

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Kit Dollard
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Kit Dollard(@kitdollardgmail-com)
2 months ago
Reply to  Iris

Grief is the price we pay for love. HM Queen. I have found this quite helpful.

Patricia O'Brien
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Patricia O'Brien(@marispiper)
3 months ago

Like Lichtenstein very much – the image and the medium are SO original…
As for myself, I am trying to get poorer….

I have contacted the site twice but still no reply about my problems accessing the page each day. No text or access to other options (yesterday’s reading etc)
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2 months ago

Hello Patricia – well what I do is this: 1. Click on email and open it 2. Read More 3. Web site opens https://christian.art/daily-gospel-reading/luke-6-20-26-2022/ 4. Log on with user name and password 5. Once logged on I can then add a “like” or post comments etc.

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Hi Patricia,
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Emma Lane
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Emma Lane(@emma5boys)
2 months ago

Patricia you may not get this, but I have the same problem when using my iphone, but I can access it through my ipad.

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