Crucifixion,
Painted by Craigie Aitchison (1926-2009),
Print issued in 2001,
Screenprint on paper, numbered edition of 75, printed and published by Advanced Graphics, London
© Bonhams London, 7 December 2022

Crucifixion,
Painted by Craigie Aitchison (1926-2009),
Print issued in 2001,
Screenprint on paper, numbered edition of 75, printed and published by Advanced Graphics, London
© Bonhams London, 7 December 2022

Gospel of 28 May 2024

What about us? We have left everything...

Mark 10:28-31

At that time Peter began to tell Jesus, ‘What about us? We have left everything and followed you.’ Jesus said, ‘I tell you solemnly, there is no one who has left house, brothers, sisters, father, children or land for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not be repaid a hundred times over, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and land – not without persecutions – now in this present time and, in the world to come, eternal life.

‘Many who are first will be last, and the last first.’

Reflection on the Lithograph

In this morning’s gospel reading, Peter speaks up on behalf of all the disciples who have given up a great deal for the sake of Jesus: they have left everything to follow him. Jesus assures Peter and the others that they will receive far more than they have left behind, both in this life and in the next. Following Jesus, living the gospel, regardless of our particular state in life, will always be demanding and require sacrifices. These can be financial sacrifices or social ones whereby we lose some good friends over our desire to follow Jesus, etc... The gospel will always call us beyond the world we have created for ourselves and where we are most comfortable. In that sense, responding to the Lord’s call will always involve a dying to ourselves so as to live for others--some form of self-giving.

The assurance Jesus gives us in this morning’s gospel reading is that in giving in this way, we will receive far more than we give. The greatest act of self-giving in history is the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Jesus willingly sacrificed himself on the cross as an atonement for the sins of humanity. Hence the great act of self-giving is also the greatest act of love the world has ever witnessed. Self-giving and love go hand in hand. The more we love, the more we have to give of ourselves.... and the more we will receive in this life and the next.

Hence today's artwork is a crucifixion scene. Craigie Aitchison, a British painter known for his distinctive use of colour, created several Crucifixion scenes which are characterised by their simplicity. Aitchison depicts small crucifixes set against vast, empty monochromatic spaces, emphasising the isolation and significance of the central figure. They depict the cruelty of the crucifixion, set against a joyful, colourful backdrop. A visual paradox. Despite the simplicity of these compositions, they evoke a sense of solemnity and contemplation.

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Noelle Clemens
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Noelle Clemens
21 days ago

Notre-Dame de Paris. If anyone’s interested in hearing good French spoken on an interesting subject, look at Le_chant_des_cathedrals on Instagram. Henri d’Anselme is aiming to visit every Cathedral in France, and along the way intervened in the knife attack on a children’s playground in Annecy last year.

Jamie Cardinal
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Jamie Cardinal
21 days ago

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”

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Thimas@
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Thimas@
21 days ago
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Unless you are one of those people who got executed because he exposed the source of some of the information

Janey M
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Janey M
21 days ago

I don’t think it was the artist’s intention, but my attention is drawn to the dog. I don’t know what message I am supposed to take from that.

Quoting Fr Patrick, the Gospel will take us beyond the world we have created for ourselves. I’m not sure on that, have I created my circumstances? If I am living in a make believe world then I have mental health problems.

Perhaps it is my mood, but I’m left in confusion and a bit let down.

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