Monday, January 07, 2008

the violent bear it away

Flannery O'Connor named her second novel after Matthew 11:12, and I found her understanding of its meaning in The Habit of Being.

One thing I observe about the title is that the general reaction is to
think that it has an Old Testament flavor. Even when they read the quotation,
the fact that these are Christ's words makes no great impression. That this is
the violence of love, of giving more than the law demands, of an asceticism like
John the Baptist's, but in the face of which even John is less than the least in
the kingdom - all this is overlooked.

It's a little different than Origen and Ireneus, but it sort of completes my understanding.

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