Water of Life | Art for Lent 3A

A visual exploration of John 4:14

“Jesus said, ‘ the water that I shall give will be an inner spring always welling up for eternal life” John 4:14

Christ and the Samaritan Woman

Broadbent, Stephen, 1961-
The Water of Life
Sculpture, freestanding, metal
Chester Cathedral
Chester GB
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A short introduction to John 4:5-42, the Gospel Lesson appointed for Lent 3A in the Revised Common Lectionary:

Our gospel tells the story of Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman by Jacob’s well. The narrative is rich with themes. Jesus is willing to break with custom in order to talk with one who is both a woman and a foreigner. True worship of God is tied to no particular place. He himself offers living water which wells up to eternal life. The woman learns that Jesus is the expected Messiah, and later others from the town come to believe that he is the world’s Savior. During an interval in the story, Jesus speaks with his disciples concerning his true food and drink, and tells them that the time of harvesting for eternal life is at hand. Introducing the Lessons of the Church Year

Please follow the Case Study link (below) to learn more about this sculpture in the Garden of the Chester Cathedral. ~Fr. Dan

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.

Christ and the Samaritan Woman | Art for A Lent 3

John 4:7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”

Christ and the Samaritan Woman
Broadbent, Stephen, 1961-
Christ and the Samaritan Woman
Sculpture, freestanding, metal
Chester Cathedral
Chester GB
Click image for more information.

Detail Views



Thanks Hovak.

After over two years of highly informative commentary, Hovak Najarian finds he needs more time for his primary calling. He is, after all, an artist first and that takes time.
We have left the door open in hopes that he will share his thoughts from time to time.
Also, his work remains on the blog (search tags for ‘Hovak Najarian’) and we are in the process of re-indexing his comments and will link to them in future as appropriate.
Again, Thanks Hovak.
Stan

I add my thanks to Stan’s.  In the last two years I have learned more about art than I have in my previous 62 years. It has been a joy to read Hovak’s commentaries on the art selected for each Sunday. His commentaries have helped me understand better the way art can lead a person into a deeper faith and how a talented human can use art to express the faith within. I have come to appreciate how art through the centuries has both informed the faith and shaped the faith. I see with new eyes

Hovak, with a grateful heart I pray that God will bless ‘the work of your hands’ as you pursue your art; may God bless your every endeavor. Dan Rondeau

I encourage you to offer your thanks to Hovak in person, by card, or even on our blog (use the comment section of this Sunday’s post to offer your thanksgiving; Stan and I will make sure it is delivered). ~dan rondeau