May 24, 2006

Icon at a Byzantine Catholic Church

At St. John's there's an icon of the Theotokos holding the Christ child who in turn is holding, rather precariously, the world. I wish I had a picture of it to share; it's a beautiful little work. In contrast to many Eastern icons Mary is smiling warmly - but not cloyingly - while the child Jesus holds the earth almost as if an afterthought. It often *seems* that God holds the earth almost carelessly given how we are always a hair's breadth from total disaster, though that is a false notion since not a hair on our heads is uncounted. Still, there is a great message written in that icon: the Christ child holding the world carelessly would be infinitely safer than the wisest man on earth ruling with great attention.

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