Images of Jesus

I have a Powerpoint meditation on Images of Jesus that I put together a few years back and plan to use this upcoming week with my class. The presentation contains 82 images of Jesus that I’ve found from various sources. In all, the presentation is set to run about eight minutes long and I have it timed to two songs that I play on CD: “Jesus, the Lord” (St. Louis Jesuit) and “Hold on to Jesus” (Stephen Curtis Chapman).

The slide show depicts Jesus in a myriad of ways: happy, sad, teaching, healing, suffering, dying, rising, black, white, Asian, and more. Some of the images are contemporary and some are traditional, even ancient. I use it as a way to invite the young people to reflect on their image of Jesus and to see that Jesus speaks to all people of all times, ages, races, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

6 Comments on Images of Jesus

  1. Joe,
    I used the images of Jesus with my 7th and 8th grade last night because I had to sub. I don’t have a projector so they watched it on my tiny lap top screen…
    but they were quiet for the entire time watching it! It was so prayerful (I ended asking them if they thought it was prayer so good lead into that). I used random WOW hits songs on my itunes play list because I didn’t know until last minute I was subbing.
    We talked about the images and the music (which they had never heard current Christian music). Then I had them draw their image of Jesus after.
    I think I gained so much respect with them… as in I think they think Jesus stuff might be alright in 7/8th grade terms. They were talking to me afterward about the images and scrolling through them on my laptop. They loved it! A lot of them were saying how good it was.

    Thank you so much! You’re great at this. I have much to learn, but with people like you I think I have good mentors.

    • Jenn, how wonderful! What’s important is how you talked with them about the images. Anyone can show a Powerpoint, but you used it as an opportunity to share faith and to help them grow. Thanks for sharing your story!

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