The readings for Sunday, August 30:
This will be the last entry in our summer blog series, and it seems we have come full circle. After several of weeks of readings from John 6, we return to the Gospel of Mark, where Jesus contrasts the tradition of the elders with the commandment of God. And our reflection on this text comes once again from David Lose:
For further contemplation, here is a visual art piece relating to today’s reading from James. It is an image by 20th century artist Rene Magritte called “Not To Be Reproduced”.
Magritte painted this Surrealist artwork in 1937 prior to the outbreak of World War 2. Europe was trying to make sense of a world turned upside-down by the First World War. Surrealist art found inspiration in dreams and the unusual juxtaposition of objects in order to reflect the confusion of modern society and the alienating effect of increasing industrialization. For more on this artist, see http://www.renemagritte.org.