I am taking a beginning screenprinting class at a local community college. Our first project was to make a paper stencil screen print using 2 colors. When I had to come up with several concepts I had a difficult time. So finally, I just randomly cut some paper in wiggly shapes. When I saw the shapes, I thought of the previous Sunday’s gospel reading with St. John the Baptist crying out in the wilderness to repent, as the kingdom of God is close at hand. The shapes looked to me like a plant who had been growing downwards for awhile, but turned around and headed upwards.
Repent > turn around > turn round right > give your life back to God > reunite.
Out of the suffering (the cross, the mud) comes insight to follow a different course of action to avoid repeating the same suffering, new growth, new life.