Gospel in Art: I Bless You, Father, for Revealing These Things to Simple Children

Roots of Trees by Vincent van Gogh © Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam / Wikimedia

Source: Christian art

Gospel of July 13, 2022
Matthew 11:25-27

Jesus exclaimed, “I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for having hidden these things from the learned and intelligent and revealed them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything was entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

Reflection on painting

A virtue that is often overlooked in our rapidly changing society is “discernment.” We have questions and, rather than spending time looking for serious answers, we tend to settle for superficial answers. Especially for the most important life decisions, it is important to get to the root of the matter. This can only be done by spending time in reflection and prayer.

Particularly in matters of faith, we will only find answers when we spend quality time in reflection and contemplation. And when we do that, Jesus challenges us in today’s reading to be like “little children” as we seek answers. Just as a child is dependent on his parents, we must also listen to what our Father has to say, trust what he wants us to do, and accept difficult tasks, knowing that he is only doing it out of love for us. . Only then can we properly discern and get to the root of the question we asked him in the first place.

Going to the root of things is also where we find stability. It is in the roots that things are firmly anchored. The root supports the tree. Painted in 1890, our canvas by Vincent van Gogh depicts such tree roots, firmly anchored in the ground. This painting is considered by some to be Vincent’s last painting before his death at the end of July 1890. He had left an asylum a few weeks earlier and only painted a few canvases thereafter. As viewers we can identify the roots and trunks of the trees, but it is difficult to identify the subject as a whole. When you look at the painting, you also have to spend time looking closely, discerning what the artist is trying to convey. It also takes time and discernment when looking at art…

Roots of Trees by Vincent van Gogh, 1890. © Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation) / Wikimedia

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