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…