This week we may look at any general depiction of Saint John the Baptist Preaching, but there is a visual clue in paintings that refer to this precise moment in the inclusion of a motif that comes from John’s words in this same location and just a few verses after today’s reading – “For now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down and cast into the fire” (Luke 3.9). A Renaissance Italian painter better known for his painting of wedding chests painted two such scenes –
Jacopo de Sellaio, Saint John the Baptist (ca. 1480) – the inscription on the banderole around the cross conveys Saint John the Baptist’s words – ANIUS DEI – but at the far left edge (detail above), there is an axe stuck into the trunk of the tree.
And, Jacopo de Sellaio, Saint John the Baptist (ca. 1485), but here the axe is stuck into the tree at the right edge of the painting.
The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger
Homilies Of Feasts And Sundays By Catholic Church Fathers by D. G. Hubert (Washbourne, 1901).
Explanation of the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays, holydays and festivals throughout the ecclesiastical year, to which are added the lives of many saints by Leonard Goffiné (Pustet, 1880).
Goffine’s Devout Instructions on the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays and Holydays (Benziger, 1896).
Abridged Sermons for all the Sundays of the Year by Saint Alphonsus Liguori.
The Catholic Pulpit: Containing a Sermon for Every Sunday and Holiday in the Year and for Good Friday (Murphy, 1851).
Readings for the Sundays and Holy Days of the Church’s Year (Bosworth, 1881).
Original, Short and Practical Sermons for Every Feast of the Ecclesiastical Year : Three Sermons for Every Feast by Francis Weninger (Lowen, 1882).
Analysis of the Gospels of the Sundays of the Year by Angelo Cagnolo (Benziger, 1892).
Sermons for Children’s Masses, Accorading to the Sundays and Principal Festivals of the Year by Raphael Frassinetti (Benziger, 1900).
Sermons from the Latins by James J. Baxter (Benziger, 1902).
Short Discourses for all the Sundays in the Year According to the Mind & Method of the Catechism of the Council of Trent by John McQuirk (St. Paul’s Library, 1908).
Meditations for Every Day
Meditations for Every Day in the Year by Roger Baxter (Benziger, 1823, reprinted in 1884).
Meditations for All the Days of the Year by M. Hamon (Benziger, 1894).
Meditations on the Life, the Teaching and the Passion of Jesus Christ for Every Day of the Ecclesiastical Year by Augustine Maria Ilg (Benziger, 1901).
Meditations for the Use of the Secular Clergy by Pierre Chaignon (Benziger, 1907).
Medieval Music Database
Warburg Iconographic Institute Database – Preaching