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Friday, 21 September 2012

The Caravaggio Call of Levi



When one is in Rome, one can hardly take in all the art. As Caravaggio is one of my favourite painters, I would always go out of my way to see one of his startling paintings of a Biblical theme.

His Call of Levi captures the simplicity and astonishment of Christ's invitation, "Follow Me."

That is all Christ needed to say. Levi is amazed. Who me? Why me? But, he follows.

No questions, no information.

Just a command.

We can say yes and we can say no...to Life, to Christ.

The call is that simple and that astonishing.

Love the people who may or may not be paying attention.

God bless Caravaggio and I hope he is in heaven, despite his tumultuous life.

1 comment:

inara said...

I feel like I should have known this long ago, but I just learned today that Levi is St. Matthew!

I, too, love how he just drops everything & follows Jesus. So much harder than it sounds...