Abstract Portrait of Christ based on a digtial scan

Meditation: A Portrait of the Christ

Matthew 38-48

38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.

41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Based on a “Christ Blessing” by Andrea Solario


“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” Albert Einstein

‘A portrait of the Christ and Photoshopped version of ‘Christ Blessing” by Rob Goldstein

29 thoughts on “Meditation: A Portrait of the Christ

  1. A powerful post, Robert. It’s amazing to me how warped the practice of Christianity has become. Not by all, of course, but by so many. Beautiful art and music to accompany Jesus’s profound call to peace and love.

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    1. Thank you, Diana. I converted to Catholicism in 1992. As a child, I was raised in the Jewish Orthodox tradition and to me the evangelical focus on the Old Testament is bizarre and lazy. There are significant differences between the Law of the Old Testament and the Law New Testament and those differences are spelled out in this section of the Book of Matthew. If you judge your neighbor,
      write laws that result in the murder of his children, starve the hungry, persecuting the innocent, and force the sick and elderly to die in the gutters you cannot call yourself a follower of the
      Christ. It isn’t really open to debate.

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      1. I wasn’t raised in any faith, but its hard to live in this country and not be aware of the basics of Christianity – particularly the essence of Christ’s message of love and peace.

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