3rd Sunday of Lent (C)

Art & Faith

///artwork – Burning Bush Barren Fig Tree

///artwork – Burning Bush Barren Fig Tree

First Reading

Moses & the Burning Bush

🎨 Acrylic on Canvas

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HOE YEN TAM (7:31) – This is a slideshow demonstrating how I painted Moses & The Burning Bush, an acrylic-on-canvas painting measuring 30″ x 40″. For more artworks, please visit : http://www.theartoftam.blogspot.com

🎨 Vatican Fresco

Moses Before the Burning Bush


VATICAN MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES  – ceiling of the stanza di Eliodoro, room of Heliodorus. The four rooms known as the Stanze of Raphael formed part of the apartment situated on the second floor of the Pontifical Palace that was chosen by Julius II della Rovere (pontiff from 1503 to 1513) as his own residence and used also by his successors. The pictorial decoration was executed by Raphael and his school between 1508 and 1524.

🎬 Movies & Film

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MOVIE CLIPS (2:07) – The Ten Commandments (1956) – The burning bush


The Bible Miniseries – The Burning Bush
The Prince of Egypt – God Speaks to Moses (Animation)
Superbook – The Burning Bush (Animation)

🎵 Southern Gospel

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“Take Your Shoes Off Moses”

MODERN TRADE (3:20) – : Originally written by J. D. Jarvis (1967), “Take Your Shoes Off Moses” was made popular by the Stanley Brothers and Ricky Skaggs, but it was the version of Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys with Keith Whitley singing lead, that first caught Courtney’s attention. Her arrangement pays tribute to the song’s bluegrass roots, the sound of which saw a resurgence during the 1960’s. Courtney’s expansive voice, laced with deep Texas twang, gives new life to old themes of finding love and freedom where you can and trying to hold yourself together when it slips away.

SOURCE: Art & Theology Blog

⚫ Welded Iron Sculpture

The Burning Bush, 1959

Itzhak Danziger, 1916-1977

At the end of the 1930s, a group called “The Canaanites” – a broad sculptural movement, primarily literary in nature – was founded in Israel. The artist most closely associated with this movement was the sculptor Itzhak Danziger. In 1955, he joined “New Horizons” and began making metal sculptures which were influenced by constructivist art expressed in its abstract forms.


Gospel Reading

The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

🎨 Watercolor on Canvas

The Wisdom of the Fig Tree


A visual and spoken meditation on the parable of the fig tree in Luke 13:1-9. To license and download the unwatermarked version, visit sanctifiedart.org

✍️ Poetry

To Become Fruitful

by Ken Rookes, 2019

Rotten stuff happens
to both good and bad people;
it’s not punishment.

When people suffer,
have empathy; don’t blame them
for imagined sins.

These words are for all;
reflect on where you’re headed,
be ready to change.


Used with permission

Fig Tree

by Pastor Scott L. Barton, 2013

I think, perhaps, we miss the point
If we think God condoned
The cutting of that fig tree which
The vineyard grower owned;
For note the gard’ner said to him,
“Then you can cut it down;”
He must have said it with a grin,
And not some judgment frown,
Since first, the owner’d said to him
That HE should do the deed;


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🎨 Oil on Canvas

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“Parable of the Fruitless Fig Tree,” 2008


Through a contemporary style that pays homage to orthodox icons, Alexey Pismenny depicts the Parable of the Fruitless Fig Tree in a composition of three related scenes. Each of these scenes is a moment in Luke’s Gospel, chapter 13. The narrative begins with the top left scene of Pilate overseeing an execution. It then moves across to the right, to the scene of the collapsing tower at Siloam about to crush its victims. True to the fashion of traditional icons, both of these scenes are symbolic, rather than literal—they offer us just enough detail to recall the story told more fully in Luke.


RELATED: Imaginative Prayer Exercise

✍️ Pencil on Paper

Port Jackson Fig Tree

by Lloyd Rees (1895-1988), Drawn in 1934,

The drawing by Australian artist Lloyd Rees shows a very mature, over 100-year-old fig tree, maybe somewhat similar to the fig tree Jesus is talking about in today’s reading. Drawn in 1934, it almost feels like we are looking at an old master painting. In 2016 there was a retrospective of the artist in Sydney titled ‘Painting with Pencil’ which I think sums up Rees’ work very well. The infinite care over the smallest of pencil lines (have a look at the houses in the background for example) shows the artist’s skill and patience when making these drawings.

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