at church this lent we are focusing on simon peter, the brash and impulsive disciple who left a fishing career to follow Jesus. we started this week by focusing on his first interaction with Jesus as recorded in the first chapter of the gospel of john. when his brother andrew brings him to Jesus, Jesus looks at him intently and says, "you are simon, son of john, but you shall be cephas (which means rock)" i preached about how Jesus both confronts us with the reality of who we are and challenges us with the possibility of who we could become. Jesus looked at the strong-willed fisherman Simon and saw the one who would preach at Pentecost and walk on water and be the foundation of the church!
and so i made a collage that (somewhat heavy-handidly, i'm afraid) communicates this same message, connecting with the idea of already/not yet that i had in my sermon. i'll be posting the others in the coming weeks of lent as the season unfolds. i pray you listen during this season to hear the voice of Jesus naming you as you are and calling you to what you might be.
"lent 2010: you are/you shall be"
paper collage on hardcover book board
gregory a. milinovich