Reflections for

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jul 24, 2016

Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; (Genesis 18:20-32; Psalm 138;) Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19); Luke 11:1-13

On Art

The Lord’s Prayer, by Chris Taylor

Artist-musician Chris Taylor writes that he was driving home one day, with his thoughts spiraling “into stress and sadness.” A truck pulled in front of him with the message “Jesus loves you” written on it. At first he thought, “What a cruel cosmic joke.” His next thought was to pray the Lord’s Prayer. “So I prayed the whole thing, top to bottom. Forgot I even know it . . . how simple and all encompassing it is.” He then produced the prayer in visual form.

On Art

Give Us Today Our Daily Bread, by Steve Turner

The familiar loaf and common cup of the Eucharist are partnered here with a second image of food meant to be shared. The everyday and the sacred rituals around the blessing of food meet in this diptych where the holy becomes everyday and the everyday becomes holy. The meticulous style of Steve Turner’s work has the pacing of a prayer itself. Turner, who directs the food outreach ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Louis, says, “Food is a basic need for all of us—whether we have sufficient or are hungry. . . . We give thanks for both our daily provisions and for spiritual nourishment.” Give Us Today Our Daily Bread is oil on canvas with two 12'' x 12'' panels in a shadow box.


Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.