"He must increase, I must decrease."

Happy Feast of the Decollation of John the Baptist, everyone!

(Photo, of course, is of the Mitsui original in my living room. Creepy Catholics!)


  1. NewMexicoNurse says

    Well Matthew,
    I always thought nothing says creepy like, ""Fill-in-the-blank must increase, I must decrease." from any believer in anything.
    For the record I think you are doing well just the way you(are except the inferiority complex part of course) and foresee no violent death for you either.
    Is this really a feast day? Why? With pictures in your house??

  2. Matthew Lickona says

    Well, maybe so, but they were John's words about Jesus in the Gospel, and they do have some resonance with Paul's notion of the Christian putting on Christ, so that "it is no longer I who live, but Christ in me." A monumental statement, granted, and a mysterious and terrifying one. But it does have the virtue of being in Scripture. That is not an answer to all objections, and it does not mean that interpretation is not necessary. But it does mean something.
    Yes, it's really a feast, probably because John was Jesus' herald, and so he gets a feast for his death as well as his birth. The picture is in my home because John the Baptist is my patron, and because I admire Mitsui's art, and because, for me, it gets at the part of Christianity that is supposed to rouse the believer from himself and dispose his will to God's.
    Thanks for the kind word!

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