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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Reading About France : The Beatitudes

 Pope Innocent X   (not actually relevant to the body of the post)

"Bienheureux les artisans de paix, car ils seront appelés fils de Dieu"

"Blessed are the peace makers, for they will be called sons of God"

I remembered "children of God" rather than "sons of God", but upon looking into my Greek NT, I saw clearly:

μακάριοι οἱ εἰρηνοποιοί, ὅτι [αὐτοὶ] υἱοὶ θεοῦ κληθήσονται.

and   υἱοὶ   is most definitely "sons".

We could meditate right about now...
I did and it came into my head that we live in the time of

"blessed are the peacemakers... yadda-yadda-yadda."

Think of what happens when one makes a satire of the Beatitudes.
Instead of insulting cartoons of various entities, what happens when we satire the Sermon On The Mount?

Why, you get Today's World, all wrapped up in a bow and looking as murderously fine as a rendition of Pope Innocent X by the painter Francis Bacon:


This is the first time I tried this method of posting:
the pictures are not literally related to the prose, but are more illustrative of some other parallel and parabolic point of their own, implied by - perhaps - but not stated outright within the writing.
The second icon, Jesus, actually does directly refer to the Beatitudes, however.

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