Finding Freedom


One of the features in this ‘clipping’ from Jesus’ teaching which I am particularly drawn to is its simplistic use of imagery and language which yet points to a deeper truth. 

The repetition in the first two verses only serves to draw an exact and unambiguous line between their differences – namely the contrast between heaven and earth. I find it interesting that Jesus did not think it necessary to expound this difference in theological terms or highly descriptive language (which too often become the distinguishing features of the church’s doctrines regarding heaven and earth), and I wanted in my piece to reflect something of this uncomplicated message. 

With regards to imagery, Jesus’ emphasis is initially placed on the susceptibility of a material ‘treasure’ (to corrosion or theft); but in the third verse, we see Him equate such treasure with our ‘heart’ and His deeper concern for the spiritual well-being of his listeners.  By choosing the simple iconic images of a mouse ‘pointer’ and a bird in free flight, I distinguish between the possessive attraction of a treasure that is contained, defined, and ultimately short-lived (the blue computer screen, upon closer inspection, is itself subject to fragmentation, being made up of a finite amount of pixels), and the liberal attraction of a treasure that releases us from worry, that is a promise of hope and eternity (where the blue sky provides a backdrop of infinite magnitude).