The Life of Paul, 2002
Donald Jackson in collaboration with Aidan Hurt
and contributions from Andrew Jamieson
Scribe: Brian Simpson
Vellum, with ink, pain and gold
"Although Paul was not among the original
twelve followers of Jesus,
God designated him the apostle to the Gentiles,
and he traveled as a missionary
throughout the Near East.
He is posed here in the manner
of classical Greek statues.
A prayer shawl draped over his shoulders
indicates his upbringing as a devout Jew.
Surrounding him are secular
and sacred buildings from nearly
every historical period
of the last two thousand years,
symbolizing the continuation in North America
of Christian missionary efforts.
The Stella Maris Chapel
of Saint John's Abbey (upper right)
signifies the Benedictines' missionary work
Because he made several sea voyages
and was once shipwrecked,
Paul stands before a Greco-Roman sailing vessel.
An energetic church builder,
he holds a model of a church.
It recalls Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome,
the city where he was martyred
under the emperor Nero.
The words at the top,
"I saw a light from heaven" (26:13),
refer to Paul's conversion.
Those across the bottom proclaim
this divine mission:
"The Lord has commanded us, saying,
I have set you to be a light for the Gentiles,
so that you may bring salvation
to the ends of the earth." (13:47)."
Oh, Heavenly Father,
give us the passion to see
where your message is Light
to someone we KNOW.