The Good Samaritan

One of twelve paintings in the “What We Believe” Ascension Press series. Prints are available through Ascension here!

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Description

This is one of 12 paintings for the Ascension Press program “What We Believe” found here.

As part of the program I worked closely with the team to come up with each composition, and for this one it was important to emphasize that Jesus is both the Good Samaritan and the wounded man, and that we are both the Good Samaritan and the wounded man. 

This is the image of the moral life. Jesus is our guide, but we also must go out and be Christ to others which in turn is serving Christ as we are the Body of Christ. Anything we do for another is by default for Christ for he is our head, and anything we do for Christ affects the body. Which is why prayer is so important as well.

The composition on this one in particular was very important to me. If you compare all the other paintings in the series, this one is the most zoomed out, and it’s completely by design. 

It is just far out enough that we can look upon the scene and either enter it or move on.

We see the whole of the wounded man, laying as though dead, bruised and bloody. In the desolate desert in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, there is absolutely nothing. No flowing streams, no shade, no nothing for the Good Samaritan to use to alleviate the pain of the wounded man. 

But he doesn’t let that stop him from awkwardly, strugglingly to hold up the wounded man. But in this, he draws the man into an embrace, with a gaze full of nothing but love.

The scene is both intimate and stark.

Will we come to the wounded man’s aide, or move on by?

But to flip the scene, and enter in as the wounded man, we look at his bruised and battered body. Cut on the cheek from a blow, sliced knee and shin from running and beating, cut arm and wrist, perhaps in defense, bruised ribs unable to be sheltered from blows by the thieves, and wounded heart, still bleeding.

Battered by evil and left for dead. Jesus comes to us and cares for our wounds. 

Additional information

Weight 4 oz
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 1 in
Size

8"x8", 12"x12", 16"x16"

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For every order, 10% of all proceeds will go to organizations who provide resources to at risk women before and after birth.

The first is The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. They area a local organization to me,  providing resources and care for free to women in crisis pregnancies, from ultrasounds to parenting classes to post abortion healing.

The second is the Sisters of Life, a newer religious community founded in 1991 in New York to promote the dignity of every human life. They have houses for women to come live with them during and after their pregnancy as they get back on their feet, as well as counseling for post abortion healing, and other missions.

About the artist

Hi! I’m Monica Skrzypczak; an oil painter and rosary maker with a passion for creating beauty and bringing faith into every home. Feel free to contact me to commission a painting or a custom rosary!

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