Rejoice, those now in foreign land,
In holy exile, blessed by His hand,
Our foes now fled, He bids us, “Come back”,
In white of snow, trace the Lord’s footsteps.
Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
December 29, 2013
The Flight to Egypt:
“… behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”
~ Matthew 2:13
I was there when the sun first rose,
Hoisting it high to heaven’s height,
I was there to catch the evening glow,
Lullabies easing, earth’s first night.
Feast of St John the Evangelist
December 27, 2013
“All things came to be through Him, and without Him nothing came to be.”
~ John 1:3
From the heavens, where angels attend,
Glory and praise forsaking, I descend,
The poor, disheartened, now lay claim,
For in winter cold, they sought my Name.
Lest salvation should fall apart,
Man condemned to the devil’s part,
God calls forth two Purple Hearts,
By spotless sacrifice, His grace imparts.
1st Sunday of Advent
An ocean within, drifting,
The hour racing, late,
Until Mary at last, finding,
A refuge, a home, a bed.
This flower reminds me of a trophoblast, an early embryo, which drifts in the womb before finally implanting.
The moment, unattended,
A miracle within the womb.
And where her heart had laboured alone,
Another now finds in her, a home.
“1n Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.”
~ Luke 1:31
Soft the muslin swaddle,
Awaiting that blessed hour,
For the babe, yearning to cradle,
On whom rests, all grace and power.
Leaves of the bird’s nest fern
Beneath our bright veneer of normalcy, respectability and even elegance,
A leper yet cowers in the shadows.
For like these linen white leaves which cannot produce food,
We too have often lost our humanity by failing to identify with the poor and unfortunate.
Who can heal us?
And a leper came to Jesus, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.”
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.”
And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.
~ Mark 1:40-42
Was God so callous as not to provide even the most basic creature comforts for His only Son when it came time for His birth?
No warm room at the inn.
No midwife attending.
Just a bare and rough manger in which animals found shelter as night fell.
But yet, what manner of crib was chosen in which Our Lord could snuggle and bury his face as he slumbered?
Simply, it was Mary’s elbow, whose inviting hollow beheld God, and kept Him safe and warm on that most humble of nights.
“While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
~ Luke 2:6-7
Feast of St Luke
18 October 2013
Only through Faith can the spiritual child within us be raised back to life and thus enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
To Jairus’ daughter who had died:
Jesus took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”).
Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.
~ Mark 5:41-42