Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
by Maurice Campobasso,
Digital art,
Executed 2018,
© Maurice Campobasso

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
by Maurice Campobasso,
Digital art,
Executed 2018,
© Maurice Campobasso

Gospel of 28 June 2023

Sheep who underneath are ravenous wolves

Matthew 7:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Beware of false prophets who come to you disguised as sheep but underneath are ravenous wolves. You will be able to tell them by their fruits. Can people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, a sound tree produces good fruit but a rotten tree bad fruit. A sound tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor a rotten tree bear good fruit. Any tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown on the fire. I repeat, you will be able to tell them by their fruits.’

Reflection on the Digital Art Work

All throughout history, mankind has used images to tell stories, the earliest of which appear in the cave paintings in Lascaux, France, circa 15,000BC. From then onwards, art has always held a special place in the development of our human story. Think of Ancient Greek and Roman times where art flourished to honour gods, commemorate funeral scenes or sporting events, tell mythological tales etc. Most of the art here on our Christian Art website dates from the Middle Ages onwards, where alongside the creation of ever evolving new, avant-garde compositions, technical advances were made. The latest of these material advances in art is no doubt digital art, which uses digital technology as part of the creative process. The impact of digital technology (mobile phones, computers etc) has not only transformed our lives, but has also seriously influenced activities such as drawing, painting, sculpting, composing music, etc….

Today’s work is made by Maurice Campobasso, an Australian digital artist, using computer software to create these images. Like many artists before him, he has encountered technological barriers in his work and has sought to push boundaries. Digital images are simply the newest medium for artists to tell their stories constrained now only by the limits of their own imagination. The film-, comics- and gaming-industries, publishers, advertisers, etc all use this art form to create images. Today’s image is very impactful, straight to the point and shows us exactly what a wolf in sheep’s clothing looks like. Anyone can immediately understand what it is about. Digital art can bring this clarity and highly polished result.

But the evangelist doesn't just warn us against wolves dressed up as sheep... He warns us against 'ravenous' wolves. The image of ‘ravening' is of both violence and greed. The false prophets Jesus mentions are not merely wicked at heart and opposed to the truth, but they wish to harm you, and that for their own gain.

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Liliana Lazzaro
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Liliana Lazzaro
7 months ago

El lobo actua con sigilo, por eso es peligroso!!!

Liliana Lazzaro
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Liliana Lazzaro
7 months ago

Maravilloso , muy claro, lo he compartido en mis redes!!!

Andy Bocanegra
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Andy Bocanegra
7 months ago

Holy Spirit please help me discern the good from the bad. St. Michael protect us.

Mark Crain
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Mark Crain
7 months ago

“Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil;”

spaceforgrace
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spaceforgrace
7 months ago

We recognise the wolves by their fruits- the problem is sometimes we don’t see the fruit for a long time, and then it is too late? I can’t help feel this applies to an entire generation of young people who are taken in by what seems cuddly on the outside, but yet is so ready to devour them. How do we keep them safe? With prayer, trust and hope.

Mark Crain
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Mark Crain
7 months ago
Reply to  spaceforgrace

SFG, I have avoided even looking at the fruit! Even worse, I have even been attracted to the bad fruit. I am working through prayer on how to discern the good from the bad fruit.

spaceforgrace
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spaceforgrace
7 months ago
Reply to  Mark Crain

Not always easy I agree, but prayer always leads us in the right direction eventually!

Chazbo M
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Chazbo M
7 months ago

The wolf has cloven hooves, not paws. I wonder if that is significant?
I was looking up Biblical unclean animals/food. Terribly complicated all about chewing the cud and fish with scales. Lol!!

Anthony
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Anthony
7 months ago

Thank you Fr. Patrick, for the reminder that they are not just disguised but dangerously ravenous!
A thought came to me that there is many a healthly fruit seeming fuit that when cut into is rotten inside.

Chazbo M
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Chazbo M
7 months ago

I’m finding the website isn’t functioning properly at present…..

spaceforgrace
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spaceforgrace
7 months ago
Reply to  Chazbo M

I had issues yesterday- but seems fine today. Maybe the wolves? Or gremlins haha!

Chazbo M
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Chazbo M
7 months ago
Reply to  spaceforgrace

I can’tlook back at earlier posts from Patrick. I expect it will rectify itself.

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