Wednesday, December 21, 2011

first at the cradle

"Perhaps it is no wonder that the women were
first at the Cradle and last at the Cross.
They had never known a man like this Man -
there never has been such another.
A prophet and teacher who never nagged at them,
never flattered or coaxed or patronised:
who never made arch jokes about them...;
who rebuked without querulousness
and praised without condescension;
who took their questions and arguments seriously;
who never mapped out their sphere for them,
never urged them to be feminine or jeered at them for being female;
who had no axe to grind and no uneasy male dignity to defend;
who took them as he found them and was completely unself-conscious.
There is no act, no sermon, no parable in the whole Gospel
that borrows its pungency from female perversity;
nobody could possibly guess from the words and deeds of Jesus
that there was anything "funny" about woman's nature."
 
(Dorothy Sayers, as quoted in the book "Freeing Theology")
 
photo from here
 
can you see the heart?

1 comment:

Philomena Ewing said...

Wow.This is brilliant and one of the best posts I have read for a long time. Thanks Roberta. I shall treasure this one.
Yes the heart.-I CAN see it but I won't say where it is so as not to spoil it for others.
All Blessings, and peace for this coming Christmas to you and yours.