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Year A, Autumn Sunday 8, Parable of the Talents

Year A, Autumn Sunday 8, Parable of the Talents

This woodcut portrays the parable of the talents. It was made by an unknown artist, probably of African descent. Remarkably enough the person who has received the five talents is portrayed as a woman here. She kneels for her lord, depicted as a tribal chief. Instead of bags of money she offers him fruits, a basket and a bag full. This seems to contain a reference to the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) of the Israelites, who during this feast offered the first fruits of the harvest to God as a token of thankfulness for God's abundant blessing. The very tall chief holds one hand open to receive the gifts, while he blesses his two good servants with the other. In the background the third servant is busy unearthing his hidden talent. A man with a pistol in his hand is about to take his 'treasure' away from him.

Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker

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- March 2020: The Seven Last Words of Christ
- January 2020: Year A, Epiphany 3
- November 2019: Edward Hicks: The Peaceable Kingdom
- October 2019: Reformation Day: Luther and Durer
- August 2019: Ordinary Time
- May 2019: The Scene in the Kitchen; Christ at Emmaus
- March 2019: Aaron Douglas & James Johnson: Listen Lord
- January 2019: The Speck and the Log
- December 2018: Botticelli: Madonna and Child, with Saints
- November 2018: Gor Chahal and Jan Krist
- May 2018: Ernst Barlach: The Believer
- May 2018: Pentecost: Donna Shasteen
- March 2018: Easter: Grid Buster
- March 2018: Good Friday: I am Thirsty
- February 2018: Lent: The Rich Man and Lazarus
- January 2018: Third Sunday after Epiphany, Year B
- November 2017: Advent - Johannes Vermeer: Woman with Balance
- September 2017: A year, 6th Sunday of the Autumn
- August 2017: Year A, 10th Sunday of the Summer
- May 2017: Pentecost: Images for the Holy Spirit
- April 2017: Fra Angelico: Christ in Limbo
- February 2017: Roger Wagner: Lazarus (Psalm 49)
- January 2017: Gislebertus: The Dream of the Three Kings
- November 2016: Advent: Butterfly
- November 2016: Reformation Day: Luther and Durer
- September 2016: Reformation Day: Luther and Durer
- March 2016: Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: Seven Last Words of Christ
- January 2016: 25 January - Caravaggio: The Conversion of Saul
- December 2015: Meditating on the Life of Christ
- November 2015: Gor Chahal and Jan Krist
- October 2015: Reformation Day: Luther and Durer
- August 2015: Ordinary Time
- June 2015: Van Gogh: The Sower
- February 2015: Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
- November 2010: Advent - Until He Comes!