1. Anne Ryan

    Thank you so much for the insight into the icon and its message. i have a deeper understanding of the fine balance that is illustrated. i have loved icons for a long time but I am deeply appreciative of this illumination.

  2. ahem

    Personally, I would never describe Christ as a ‘victim.’

    1. Ryan

      “Personally, I would never describe Christ as a ‘victim.’”

      Take it up with the Church and the whole narrative of Christ’s sacrifice then.

    2. That gut feeling you had, the kind of disgust, or maybe annoyance at thinking of Christ as a victim is precisely why I wrote this piece. Because I know that there are people who, in the place where I wrote that Christ is a judge and excludes, are having the same reaction your are.

  3. Jonathan, thank you very much for your beautiful and insightful sacred art and its explanation. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday your sacred art truly makes us pause and give thanks to the Father for the gift of His Son.

    1. Thank you for your comment Deacon Paul. Being Canadian, I had not realized it was Thanksgiving soon. Blessed thanksgiving to you and your family.

  4. I was raised to view Christ as primarily a victim, a sacrifice, and to therefore view the whole world as infected with corrupt, self-serving, lying, power-hungry leadership. I would like to say I’ve easily tossed aside this view of the world…

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