The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

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Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He gathers the lost sheep. He told this parable, “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.” (Mathew 12-14)

This image was done by anonymous Benedictine monks from Germany in the early years of the Twentieth Century. It combines the formal qualities of the older Beuron style with the decorative elements of the Art Noveau. We love the resultant colors and the calm! We like the symbols—of the water flowing from the temple, even of the vulture, the creature looking to feast on the lost lamb. The Beuron monks loved unusual symbols. The woodpecker, one of our favorite birds, is unfortunately here a symbol of the devil, able to latch on and peck away. But the palm tree symbolizes victory and is bearing fruit, while Jesus himself is luminous, the source of light.

Bible verse © USCCB

– 8.5 x 11" acid-free paper
– Archival pigments, rated to last for generations.
– Cardboard backer
– Above story of the art
– Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag.

** IMPORTANT ** There is about an inch-and-a-third of white space around the picture, so the image is smaller than the paper.

Thanks!
Sue & John