Monday, 4 January 2010

Late and feeling a bit proposterous?

Adoration of the Magi by He Qi

I love this painting by He Qi, showing the adoration of the Magi and I think it goes so beautifully with these words I found on Nick Baine's blog:

Like me,… you were late in coming… How laboriously you came, taking sights and calculating, where the shepherds had run barefoot! How odd you looked on the road, attended by what outlandish liveries, laden with such preposterous gifts! …
Yet you came, and were not turned away. You too found room before the manger. Your gifts were not needed, but they were accepted and put carefully by, for they were bought with love…
You are my especial patrons, … and patrons of all late-comers, of all who have a tedious journey to make to the truth, of all who are confused with knowledge and speculation, of all who through politeness make themselves partners in guilt, of all who stand in danger by reason of their talents…
For His sake who did not reject your curious gifts, pray always for all the learned, the oblique, the delicate. Let them not be quite forgotten at the Throne of God when the simple come into their kingdom.
From this book:

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