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Painter Of The Lord


Self Portrait of Paul Cezanne Jeu de Paume Museum via Wikipedia

Self Portrait of Paul Cezanne
Jeu de Paume Museum via Wikipedia

One afternoon, while wandering through the elegant Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris, I came upon a self-made portrait of the distinguished French artist, Paul Cezanne.  Underneath the painting, the inscription read:  “Paul Cezanne (1839 – 1906), Painter of the Emperor”, a singular role of excellence for any artist of that time.  In his day, only Cezanne had the commission to paint the portrait of the Emperor Napoleon of France.  In this Jeu de Paume Museum hung many of Cezanne’s oil paintings showing his amazing ability to portray people on canvas as if living and breathing.

As followers of Jesus of Nazareth, we have the commission to paint the image of Jesus to the world with the materials of our own life.  Like Cezanne, we too possess a title: “Painter of the Christ”, a role of importance and opportunity.  Seeing us and the qualities of our life style, people will instinctively say: “This is a good image of Jesus of Nazareth.”

To the people of His age, Jesus especially showed these values: joy, peace, love, hope and forgiveness.  To carry out this commission, base your life style on these personal traits of Christ.  Turning your back on this seemingly difficult work could lead to a life of tastelessness and futility.

This reminds me of the time I ordered bouillon soup, a clear broth, in the Christ Hospital coffee shop.  Taking a spoonful of the clear liquid the waitress brought me, I thought to myself: “Not much taste in this soup.”  On finishing this unrewarding meal, I discovered a little packet on the tray with these words on it: “Pour this bouillon power into hot water.”  I had merely drunk plain water and the not the real thing – bouillon soup.

To live without trying consciously to carry out this commission to be a painter of the Lord Jesus in life, we act the same way.  We are going through the motions of living, but we aren’t tasting the real thing.

Say out loud to yourself these days when you are alone, “Joy, peace, love, hope and forgiveness.” Psychologically helpful, these ways of living found in Christ will become part of your way of thinking.

Wishing all my readers a very Happy Thanksgiving this week.
Christ’s peace and love to you and your families.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

November 22, 2015 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. I love how you describe us as being “commissioned” to be “painters” of Christ! To bring Him to others through our “paintbrush” each day in our actions and thoughts!
    Laughed out loud at your bouillon soup story! Blessings as we celebrate Christ The King of the Universe! Thanksgiving wishes to you Fr. George! The sheep, thank God, for the gift of your priesthood to our world! What an incredible shepherd you are for “The Chief Shepherd!” Thank you Fr. George! Love & Gratitude, Marianne

    Comment by mcs | November 22, 2015 | Reply

  2. Father, you make the extraordinary simple and accessible with mindfulness and effort. Thank you!God Bless You. Nan B

    Comment by Nan Brennan | November 23, 2015 | Reply

  3. Hello, Father, Just wanted to thank you for all the wonderful info that you send out! You are a treasure to us all! Terry and Ellen Hodges ps If you know any car dealers that work with handicapped vehicles, let me know. Sue Schrierer who was in the O”malley Clan needs a new handicapped van.

    Comment by ellen hodges | November 27, 2015 | Reply


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