Nature Painting,
Painting by Keith Tyson (born 1969),
Executed in 2006,
mixed media reactions on aluminium panel
© Haunch of Venison, London / Christie’s London, 1 March 2018, lot 428, sold USD 43,750

Nature Painting,
Painting by Keith Tyson (born 1969),
Executed in 2006,
mixed media reactions on aluminium panel
© Haunch of Venison, London / Christie’s London, 1 March 2018, lot 428, sold USD 43,750

Gospel of 5 July 2022

The Pharisees said, ‘It is through the prince of devils that he casts out devils.’

Matthew 9:32-37

A man was brought to Jesus, a dumb demoniac. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb man spoke and the people were amazed. ‘Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel’ they said. But the Pharisees said, ‘It is through the prince of devils that he casts out devils.’

Jesus made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness.

And when he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.’

Reflection on the painting

In today’s Gospel reading there is a very sharp contrast between the reaction of the ordinary people and that of the Pharisees. The people respond with amazement at the miracle Jesus has just performed in front of them; the Pharisees respond with skepticism. The people said ‘Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel’; the Pharisees shouted, ‘It is through the prince of devils that he casts out devils.’ What different ways to respond! It shows how people react in very different ways to the very same reality. As Christians we are indeed asked to react in a different way to events around us: to try to see the good in people or to recognise the injustices in situations.

It is always easier for us to focus on the negative and be skeptical, just like the Pharisees. We too often focus on what is missing, on what should have happened, on a small thing that’s gone wrong, etc… our hearts can be more attuned to focussing on the negative instead of the positive. Different reactions and feelings blend into one another.

Our painting by Keith Tyson depicts different coloured paints flowing and blending into one another. The artist applies the enamelled paints to an aluminium surface and lets nature do its work. The artist as such has minimal involvement into the final look of the painting: all the paints either blend with the others or react to them. With our spiritual lives however, Jesus prompts us not to let things just blend or merge with one another. We have to be clear about seeing the good in others. We need something of the Lord’s generous way of seeing, especially in these times when negative attitudes are pushed so much to the fore.

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

I like this painting and the natural colours in it. It’s funny isn’t it, how two different people, seeing the same thing, can be polar opposites in interpretation.

Iris
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Iris(@molly)
4 months ago

Interesting artwork and the technique used to produce it.

Charles Marriott
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Charles Marriott(@chazbo)
4 months ago

Crazy guy, crazy painting! Lol. I’m the irreverent joker in the pack?

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

With emojis as well! ?

Oi Lian Kon
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Oi Lian Kon(@kairos712)
4 months ago

‘When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.’ (verse 36) Lord Jesus, have compassion on our disordered world for we too are sheep without the Chief Shepherd.

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