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