A pair of lovers

I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things. – Vincent van Gogh   Luke 24:13-35 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking…

Pieta

Only when I fall do I get up again – Vincent van Gogh   John 19:25-27 Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his…

Old man in sorrow

I’m such a nobody. – Vincent van Gogh   Psalm 22 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;and by night, but find no rest. Yet you are…

Raising of Lazarus

I often think that the night is more alive and more richly coloured than the day. – Vincent van Gogh   John 11:17-44 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come…

Self portrait (2)

I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God’s help I shall succeed – Vincent van Gogh   Luke 19:1-10 He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was,…

Self portrait (1)

I put my heart and soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process – Vincent van Gogh   Mark 5:1-20 Jesus and his disciples came to the other side of the lake, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out…

Cypresses

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore. – Vincent van Gogh   Exodus 3:1-6 Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb,…

The Good Samaritan

There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people – Vincent van Gogh   Luke 10:25-37 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ He answered, ‘You…

The Prayer

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together – Vincent van Gogh Luke 18:9-14 Jesus also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and…

Starry Night

“I don’t know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream” – Vincent van Gogh   Psalm 8 O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because…

Church at Auvers

One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul and yet no one ever came to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way. – Vincent van Gogh Matthew 23:23-28 Jesus said ‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and…

The bedroom

It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning. – Vincent van Gogh   Mark 5:35-43 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?’ But overhearing what they said, Jesus…