Saturday, 17 October 2020

Celebrating St Luke, this Sunday


According to early tradition St Luke was a physician,and, if so, he probably would have understood the plight of the poor woman who is desperate to reach out to Jesus in the crowd to receive healing after so many years of searching in vain for a medical cure... In these two paintings by Yungsung Kim I feel a sense of “before” and “after”... this one below seems to show, through the darkness on the right, the pain of this woman trying to reach out her hand through the crowd and just being able to reach the hem of Jesus’ garment, and the feeling that everything was for her in flux and chaos that flows across the whole painting... then in the second painting... how do you see that one ?...?

artist: Yungsung Kim
here, I feel, the colour & lightness of touch give a sense of joyful wholeness...this feels like someone who is  free to continue, fleet-footed to continue the assignment with Jairus whose daughter needs healing...and yet, ...  and yet Jesus still takes the time to stop and assure this woman of her healing...and  gives her the added blessing of realising it is through her faith that she has been healed. She is no longer an outcast but restored to a place within her family and wider community... [ do read Luke 8 v 40f and see if you can just imagine yourself there,  in that crowd,  maybe...]


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