Tuesday, December 06, 2005


Contrasting Views

Luke 9.59-60 (par. Matthew 8.21-22):
And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
Sophocles, Electra 236-244 (tr. Hugh Lloyd-Jones):
Come, how can it be honourable to have no thought for the dead? Who among men has such an instinct? May I never enjoy honour among such people, and never may I live contented with any good thing I may have, if I restrain the wings of loud lamentation, dishonouring my father.

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