Monday, February 18, 2019

Love Your Enemies

Oil on Canvas Panel

Luke 6:27-38

Jesus said, "I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 
bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, 
offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 
Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them 
again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those 
who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? 
For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, 
what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 
But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. 
Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind 
to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. 
Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, 
pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure 
you give will be the measure you get back."


In this Sunday's scripture, Jesus continues to turn the world upside down 
with the call to love our enemies. I recently heard "love" defined as 
"willing the good for the other." (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

This abstract painting expresses the struggle to live out that calling. 

How does the call to love our enemies conflict with our definitions of justice and fairness? 
How does this calling translate in abusive situations?
How much of a difference would living this calling make in today's polarized society?
How different would the world be if we actually loved our enemies? 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Rhapsody In Blue

24x24 Diptych
Oil on Canvas

Said goodbye to these new blue beauties at the Lipscomb Art Event last week.
Abstract pair based on Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue. 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Miracle Catch

Oil on Panel

Luke 5:1-11

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in 
on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen 
had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one 
belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down 
and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, 
"Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch." Simon answered, 
"Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will 
let down the nets." When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were 
beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. 
And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, 
he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!" 
For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 
and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. 
Then Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people." 
When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Mirror Dim

Oil on Panel

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.

1 Corinthians 13:12