I wished to capture the peace and wonder of the memory of Cleopas’s wife’s encounter with Christ. The painting depicts the trailing of her thoughts back to her walk to Emmaus with Jesus, where he brought them out from the darkness, despair and confusion into the new light of hope.
The bottom section symbolises how the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus’s blood enabled the rebuilding of our relationship with God, that is founded and grounded in love. The bricks form the Hebrew word “ah hah vah” (love).
These people are drawn from a range of contexts and cultures. Some are complete strangers to each other (and to us) while others have long established relationships. Each have their own stories, some of the stories are familiar to me, others are utterly unknown. On the journey to Emmaus, Jesus was both the stranger and the long lost friend. For me, this passage echoes Matthew 26 as the stranger they walked with was Jesus himself. How do we take the time to get to know strangers who may be Jesus to us and encounter the resurrected Christ in the way they break bread?
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