Dante in a graphic novel??

wood 2I’ve mentioned before that Bob and I take on a somewhat Rockwellian look as he reads to me while I crochet in my great-grandmother’s rocking chair.  At this writing, we’re still on Ayn Rand’s famous American novel, Atlas Shrugged, but are somewhat bogged down in the author’s voluminous rant via the character John Galt.  I finally opted out when my more intellectual half offered to read the rest of that chapter on his own and pick me back up when the plot resumes…

Bob has also read the likes of Plato, Aristotle, and Euclid.  Why, you may ask?  Not sure.  I’ve enjoyed some Virgil and Augustine, but I also tend toward Calvin and Hobbes.  (In all honesty, Bob is well rounded in that he does have a fairly impressive stack of hard-back comic books, now known as “graphic novels”.  He writes about them here.)

One of the famous lines from one of Bob’s heavy lit list is “abandon all hope, ye who enter here”.  This is from Dante’s Inferno, Canto 3.  (I know this because I studiously looked it up on Wikipedia.)  Evidently, in this part of Dante’s famous poem, the author is entering the gates of hell on a command performance tour toward heaven.


Personally, give me the boy and his stuffed tiger.

Dante has a good point, though.  Did you know he, himself was blind?  Or that John Bunyan, the writer of Pilgrim’s Progress, the Christian book that has sold the most copies behind the Bible itself, wrote it in jail (where he served for twelve years)?  And that list could go on, and on.

The point is, life is rough. However, you can take away everything else, but take away hope, and you destroy a person.

So this account of a desperate father trying to hurry Jesus to his dying daughter is very telling.  There has been a delay, in which another person has been miraculously healed, but which may have cost his little girl her life.  Messengers arrive with sad news.

“‘Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.’ But when Jesus heard what had happened, he said to Jairus, ‘Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed.’  When they arrived at the house, Jesus wouldn’t let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, James, and the little girl’s father and mother.  The house was filled with people weeping and wailing, but he said, ‘Stop the weeping! She isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.’ But the crowd laughed at him because they all knew she had died.”

This story has more to it than miraculous healing, (which I in no way discount, BTW).  My point is, where everyone else sees death, Jesus sees only dormancy. 

“Then Jesus took her by the hand and said in a loud voice, ‘My child, get up!’ And at that moment her life returned, and she immediately stood up! Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.”

Whether it be a relationship, a vision or dream, or a broken heart, Jesus usually sees differently than the crowd that just “knows” something’s dead. 

eatingI’d recommend checking with Him first.  Instead of burying it, He might have you give it something to eat instead.

Luke 8: 49-55 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Author: dawnlizjones

Tends toward TMI, so here's the short list: guitar and banjo (both of which have been much neglected as of late), bicycling (ibid), dogs, very black tea, and contemplating and commenting on deep philosophical thoughts about which I have had no academic or professional training. Oh, also reading, writing, but I shy away from arithmetic.

11 thoughts on “Dante in a graphic novel??”

  1. I LOVE this: “where everyone else sees death, Jesus sees only dormancy.” Truth! The great irony then, is that where people see massive prosperity, God often sees spiritual death…

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  2. I like the Calvin and Hobbes reference. You and Bob would appreciate my library. I’ve got the classics arranged in order, including John Calvin and Thomas Hobbes. Where a space exists at the end of the shelf where a classic work will not fit, I fill the space with a Calvin & Hobbes book. (Or Bloom County or Far Side, but I make sure the
    Calvin & Hobbes are most visible.) J.

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  3. “Where everyone else sees death, Jesus sees only dormancy,” – I love this point! May He bring a great awakening of all that lies dormant for the good of His Kingdom! (And I was a big fan of Calvin and Hobbes back in the day…)

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