The Friends of Sinners

According to Matthew 11:19: ‘The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man of gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of children.’ The three scenes depicted are The Woman of Samaria (at center) derived from John 4: 1-30, Christ Cures the Palsied Man (at left) described in Matthew 9: 1-8, Mark 2: 1-12, Luke 5: 17–26 and Christ at Supper with Simon the Pharisee (at right) as mentioned in Luke 7: 36-50. The medallions above reinforce the theme of Jesus, Friend of Sinners. A hand casting a stone recalls John 8:7, ‘He that is without sin among you, let him cast a stone at her.’ The olive branch, at right, is a traditional symbol that denotes peace.

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