Loaves and Fishes, 2002
Mark 6:30-44, 8:1-10
Scribe: Donald Jackson
Vellum, with ink paint and gold
"The apostle Mark narrates twice
the story of Christ providing food
for multitudes of people.
This illuminations accompanies the first one,
in which Christ miraculously multiplied
five loaves and two fishes to feed five thousand people,
with twelve baskets of leftovers.
Traditions locates this event at Tabgha,
on the west side of the Sea of Galilee.
Photo- C. Denninger
This is the church in Tabgha
that has an ancient mosaic of the
fish and loaves from a 4th century church
restored in the current church.
This illumination focuses on the abundant
proliferation of food for the body,
which foreshadows the Eucharistic gifts
of food for the soul.
The circular loaves, marked with a cross,
prefigure the bread of the Eucharist (Communion).
The stamped image of fish derive
from a mosaic in Tabgha.
The baskets (shown partially)
have geometric designs based on
ancient Native american Anasazi basketry."
This connects to the American impact
of images for this Bible.
"The baskets symbolize the multiplying effect
of any act of love, such as sharing.
Hence, the design spreads out
toward all the margins,
interrupted only by unkind acts (dark brown)
and instances in which we could have acted
with love and kindness but did not (white spaces).