2nd Aug Year A
Sunday 2nd August 2020

Image supplied by Kathy Curren

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


  • This beautifully restored mosaic (click red text) is from the Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha. It is said to mark the spot where this miracle took place. The mosaic was made no later than the 5th century and depicts one of the most common symbols of Christian faith in the early Church.

  • This mosaic is in Ravenna and is from the 6th century. (click red text).

  • In Jacopo Bassano’s painting (click red text) it is hard to find the person of Christ. The emphasis is on the disciples handing out the food.

  • Lombard’s Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (click red text) is another milling scene. Jesus is serenely praying in the centre while the disciples are handing out food to the very real looking crowd. Notice the man’s face behind the woman in the right hand corner.

  • Miracle of the Bread and Fish by Giovanni Lanfranco. (click red text)

  • In Gustav Dore’s representation (click read text) notice how the disciples are struggling with the abundance of food.


  • City of Joy
  • Babette’s Feast