Weeks of Denha: The Painting

During the weeks of Denha, we celebrate the Mystery of the Holy Trinity, revealed at Jesus’ Baptism. The EYE on the top is God the Father and the DOVE God the Holy Spirit. The door is the door of heaven opened at Jesus’ Baptism (Mk 1:10-11). The hands are that of John the Baptist. The Sun pictured above is Jesus the Eternal Sun who enlightens the whole world. The imageries on both sides are those of the Kingdom of Heaven, which Jesus proclaimed through His words and deeds: net in the sea (Mt 13:47), treasure in the field (Mt 13:44), mustard tree (Mk 4:32), etc. The decorated plantain trunk indicates one of the traditional celebrations of Denha among the Thomas Christians of India.