From the "Australian Jesus" collection of Reg Mombassa. It reads, "Australian Jesus enters the city with a selection of spring vegetables: a bucket and a basket of kisses."
Spring has me thinking of the story of the sower. The artworks below illustrate the story from a variety of cultural perspectives. For those unfamiliar with the story, the Gospel of Mark retells it like this: Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he … Continue reading The story of the sower
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18)
From the Old Testament book of Zechariah: Ask YHWH for rain in the springtime; it is YHWH who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone.
In all cultural traditions, the world over, spring is a time of new beginnings. In the southern hemisphere, however, spring is half a year away from the international festival we know as Easter. So this spring I am going to feature something different: Christian art that celebrates the beginning of the public life of Jesus. To … Continue reading New beginnings
Be a gardener. Dig a ditch, toil and sweat, and turn the earth upside down and seek the deepness and water the plants in time. Continue this labor and make sweet floods to run and noble and abundant fruits to spring. Take this food and drink and carry it to God as your true worship. … Continue reading Celebrating spring with Julian of Norwich
I was wondering if anyone out there can enlighten me on the significance of the Hindu festival of Holi? From what I've read it seems to be celebrating (a) Krishna's play with the cow-herding girls, (b) the slaying of the demoness Holika by Prahlad, a devotee of Vishnu, and (c) the arrival of spring. Is it a … Continue reading Who can tell me more about the Hindu festival of Holi?