5th Sun Lent A
Sunday 29th March 2020

Image supplied by Lois Munroi

Visual Meditation

Looking at art works or movies is a great way to open ourselves to the meaning of the Gospels. Seeing can bypass our preconceived notions, giving us new vistas of enlightenment. With painting or sculpture one needs to sit quietly and absorb the dynamics of the piece. The drama of movies more easily engages us and offers a way to conversation about the Gospel with other members of your family.

This Sunday's Visual Meditation


A Gospel text that has obviously inspired artists through the centuries!

  • The Limbourg brothers delightful picture (click red text) is worth close study. Lazarus’ posture echoes images of Adam’s creation. Martha is withdrawing her hand from her faces realising that Lazarus does not stink, while Mary turns with a look of love to Jesus. And Jesus stands serious in the face of death. Follow the eyes of the main people within this picture.
  • This painting by Caraveggio (click red text) always offer a different way of looking at Christ. Here the darkness of Lazarus’ death is being swallowed up by the glory of Christ.
  • Van Gogh (click red text)
  • Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet’s painting (click red text) shows all the drama of the crowd at the tomb of Lazarus.
  • János Vaszary (click red text) has an striking arrangement of the figures in the scene.


  • The Green Mile
  • Stranger that Fiction
  • Awakenings