Reading from the Torah.
 Hochhalter, Cara B.

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Title:Reading from the Torah
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Reading from the Torah
Luke 4:14-20
"When Jesus reads from scripture in the temple, his choice of texts is important. 'Filled with the power of the Spirit,' he reads from the words of Isaiah describing the idea of Jubilee; good news for the poor, release to those in captivity, healing for the sick, and freedom for all people oppressed. It is a reminder of the Magnificat, the song that Mary sang before Jesus was even born. Amazingly, Jesus followed his reading by saying that in their hearing of these words today, the scripture was fulfilled. In their hearing of the words, something was taking place! Did he mean that henceforth, they would be inspired to proclaim justice and peace for all? Was it to remind them that even a son of their own community could hold the Spirit of God and aspire to bring justice—just as they also would do? I think these words of scripture are still longing to be fulfilled, in our own hearing."

The Rev. Cara B. Hochhalter is a United Church of Christ (UCC) minister. She received her Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in Minnesota, where she studied the intersections of art, theology and justice. She served the Charlemont Federated Church in Massachusetts for ten years and now lives in Hyde Park, New York.

“Over the last thirty years, through my work as a Christian Educator, a seminary student and UCC minister, I have created images that interpret the powerful stories around the life of Jesus. These stories hold universal truths not limited to Christianity but relevant for all our lives and times. I find that art provides a very special means to break into these texts.”

The images in her book, A Challenging Peace in the Life and Stories of Jesus were created through the simple print-making process of carving out a block, applying ink and pulling a print. Cara says, “The interaction of light and dark is important in each image as we cannot have one without the other. The dark defines the light, and vice versa. I find this to be theological as we look to the whole—the light and the dark, the joy and the despair, the peace and the conflict—all under an umbrella of Divine Love that yearns for wholeness.”

Using her book, Cara also offers three online discussion groups: Jesus and Justice, Parables and Peace-making, and The Paradox of Humility in the Stories of Jesus.

To contact Cara B. Hochhalter for information about her art, to purchase signed prints of the images, or her book, A Challenging Peace in the Life and Stories of Jesus, please email:

Artist:Hochhalter, Cara B.

Scripture:Luke 4:14-21
Lectionary links:CEpip03
General Subject:Reading

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Copyright Source:Cara B. Hochhalter
Copyright Permission:The artist has granted permission for the non-commercial use of this image with attribution. The artist must be contacted for other uses.
Attribution:Hochhalter, Cara B.. Reading from the Torah, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved July 16, 2024]. Original source: Cara B. Hochhalter.
Record Number:58806 Last Updated: 2022-06-23 16:23:03 Record Created: 2021-07-03 06:08:28
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition