Lent Video Three – Absorbed into the Teacher’s Way

When Jesus called his first disciples, he didn’t invite them just to attend his public lectures, but to join him, to live with him, to share meals with him, to pray with him, to teach with him, and to serve the poor with him. To share life with him.

RAFFAELLO Sanzio (b. 1483, Urbino, d. 1520, Roma) The Miraculous Draught of Fishes 1515 Tempera on paper, mounted on canvas, 360 x 400 cm Victoria and Albert Museum, London By a miracle, one of the boats is suddenly full of fish, and the sailors in the other are pulling a full net out of the water. Jesus is sitting in the boat with Peter, asking him to give up being a fisherman and become a disciple. A scientific examination using infra-red light has proved this cartoon to be by Raphael himself. Detailed underdrawings were found beneath the layer of paint, which are recognizably by Raphael's sure hand. The drop of paint running vertically down the cartoon shows that it was hung up for painting. The scene The Miraculous Draught of Fishes is unique not merely for changing the iconography of tapestry weaving. Dawn is breaking over the lake, birds fly out from the depths of the picture and pass over the fishermen. These are powerfully built men dressed in simple shirts or tunics, and we can see their reflections in the water. An atmospheric light fills the whole composition. The arm of one of the fisherman extends into the depths of the picture and is shown 'contre jour', one side catching the red glow of the dawn. Glowing highlights accentuate the garments and model the muscular bodies. These painterly effects presented a great challenge to the tapestry weavers. In particular, the shirt of the Disciple who is so amazed by the miracle that he has jumped up in the boat in utter bewilderment tested the skills and resources of the Brussels weavers to their limits. Here, Raphael painted highlights shading into yellow together with bluish-gray shadows on a green half tint shot through with orange. --- Keywords: -------------- Author: RAFFAELLO Sanzio Title: The Miraculous Draught of Fishes Time-line: 1501-1550 School: Italian Form: graphics Type: religious
Peter

The image above depicts Jesus’ call of the first disciples (Luke 5: 1-10). Look at the faces of Peter (still called Simon then) and James. Look at the intensity in their faces. Jesus had just finished preaching to a crowd, from Simon’s boat and he had instructed them to cast their nets again. Despite being out all night and nothing to show for it, they cast again into the water.

RAFFAELLO Sanzio (b. 1483, Urbino, d. 1520, Roma) The Miraculous Draught of Fishes 1515 Tempera on paper, mounted on canvas, 360 x 400 cm Victoria and Albert Museum, London By a miracle, one of the boats is suddenly full of fish, and the sailors in the other are pulling a full net out of the water. Jesus is sitting in the boat with Peter, asking him to give up being a fisherman and become a disciple. A scientific examination using infra-red light has proved this cartoon to be by Raphael himself. Detailed underdrawings were found beneath the layer of paint, which are recognizably by Raphael's sure hand. The drop of paint running vertically down the cartoon shows that it was hung up for painting. The scene The Miraculous Draught of Fishes is unique not merely for changing the iconography of tapestry weaving. Dawn is breaking over the lake, birds fly out from the depths of the picture and pass over the fishermen. These are powerfully built men dressed in simple shirts or tunics, and we can see their reflections in the water. An atmospheric light fills the whole composition. The arm of one of the fisherman extends into the depths of the picture and is shown 'contre jour', one side catching the red glow of the dawn. Glowing highlights accentuate the garments and model the muscular bodies. These painterly effects presented a great challenge to the tapestry weavers. In particular, the shirt of the Disciple who is so amazed by the miracle that he has jumped up in the boat in utter bewilderment tested the skills and resources of the Brussels weavers to their limits. Here, Raphael painted highlights shading into yellow together with bluish-gray shadows on a green half tint shot through with orange. --- Keywords: -------------- Author: RAFFAELLO Sanzio Title: The Miraculous Draught of Fishes Time-line: 1501-1550 School: Italian Form: graphics Type: religious
James

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”

Over the course of many weeks and months, the disciples absorbed Jesus’s way of living. Imagine spending three years living with Jesus.

If we wish to follow Jesus as disciples, we too will seek to be absorbed into his way of living. Over time we will be transformed — little by little — taking on the character of Christ, imitating his way of life.

Click on the video below and explore with Fr. Ron Will the idea of being absorbed into The Way of the Teacher.

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[Fr. Ron Will, a Precious Blood priest and spiritual director, is a graduate of Catholic Theological Union and Creighton University’s School of Christian Spirituality. He has a special interest in helping form intentional disciples of Jesus, encouraging others to go spiritually deep-sea diving to explore a deeper relationship with God, and walking with people as they dive into the ocean of God’s mystery actually experiencing God rather than simply dipping one’s toe into the water.]

The image above is “The Miraculous Draught of Fishes,” 1515, one of the seven remaining Raphael cartoons for tapestries for the Sistine Chapel (Victoria and Albert Museum)

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