Visiting Saint Catherine’s Monastery at the base of Mount Sinai in Egypt years ago, I encountered the icon of Jesus the Teacher, also called the Christ Pantocrater. One of the oldest icons in the world, the image on that ancient wall resonated mightily with me. I acquired a framed copy and put it on my office wall in the Middle East. It subsequently made the trek with me to Africa. Now it hangs on the wall here where I see it every day.
I like the faith reminder that we are meant to keep learning, that Jesus always has more to teach us, new things if we keep asking. Our faith is not a series of stagnant postulations, but an evolving journey of daily discovery (with heavenly Help!)
When I look at this icon it reminds me to pray: “Jesus Christ, teach me Your ways.” Sometimes when my ways bump up against His ways later in the day I often add, “Please open my mind, heart, and spirit that I may know Your ways and DO THEM!”
As a wisdom groupie, I also like this icon as an affirmation of my daily (sometimes hourly) prayer: “Jesus Christ, please transform my heart, mind and spirit with Your wisdom.”
Listening closely to the icon, it’s also as if Jesus is saying:
grace, peace & inspired icons
Virginia : )
“…Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32