‘Communicating our faith to others.’
Koder’s paintings are modern but representational. They often contain the unexpected and need to be pondered awhile to see the depths of their meaning. We chose 2 representations of the Last Supper. In one the face of Jesus is reflected in the wine and the disciples are looking out, puzzled towards us. The other, entitled ‘All are welcome’ is in fact an image of the banquet in the kingdom – Jesus hands are pierced, so it is post-resurrection - and looking at the disciples we see a motley group, welcomed to the table. Two of our other choices had Koder’s idea of reflecting faces – the washing of the disciples’ feet, where Jesus face is reflected in the bowl of water and the Samaritan woman at the well. We only see her looking into the well but in the water at the bottom she is reflected with Jesus. Our other choices were the return of the prodigal and the storm, entitled ‘Stronghold’ which only shows two hands clasping.
The idea was that the group would then feed back their reactions and discuss how looking meditatively at these pictures deepened their understanding or perception of familiar scenes. Different people saw different things and several went back over coffee to look again – either to see what others saw or just to look in more depth.
|Koder's : The Last Supper|