Palm Sunday: Even the Stones.
 Hochhalter, Cara B.

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Title:Palm Sunday: Even the Stones
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Palm Sunday: Even the Stones
Luke 19:28-40
"Palm Sunday offers a complex scene. If you look carefully, you can see the laying down of the cloaks in honor of Jesus riding in on a small colt or donkey, the waving of palms— even the Pharisee warning Jesus not to come into Jerusalem for fear of trouble. You may also see the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, who is coming from another direction with his soldiers in tow to keep order. There is a rooster who reminds us of Peter’s upcoming betrayal and perhaps warns us all of our doubts in the power of a way of nonviolent resistance... This is a story of rejoicing and praise. It is also a story of trepidation and fear knowing that there are forces that will not allow Jesus to continue teaching and healing through the love of an Infinite and All-Inclusive God."

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 19:28-40
Person as Subject:Jesus Christ (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:CPalm
General Subject:Palm Sunday
Entry into Jerusalem

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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.. Palm Sunday: Even the Stones, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved July 21, 2024]. Original source: Cara B. Hochhalter.
Record Number:59018 Last Updated: 2022-06-23 16:26:19 Record Created: 2021-10-24 15:34:41
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition