Christmastide: If You Want
This Christmas Eve, we offer this poem from St. John of the Cross. Read it slowly and meditatively, savoring God’s presence in the sacred womb of your own soul.
Lectionary readings for December 25, 2015: Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12); John 1:1-14
Guidance on using the lectionary.
St. John of the Cross
the Virgin will come walking down the road
pregnant with the holy
“I need shelter for the night, please take me inside
my time is so close.”
Then, under the roof of your soul, you will witness the
intimacy, the divine, the Christ
as she grasps your hand for help, for each of us
is the midwife of God, each of us.
Yes there, under the dome of your being does creation
come into existence externally, through your womb,
the sacred womb of your soul,
as God grasps our arms for help; for each of us is
His beloved servant
If you want, the Virgin will come walking
down the street pregnant
with Light and
sing . . .
Adapated from Love Poems from God, translated by Daniel Ladinsky (New York: Penguin Books) 2002, p. 306-307
Where has your Advent journey brought you? Where are you seeing the fruit of your waiting, evidence that new life is ready to be born in you? Ponder his startling statement that “each of us is the midwife of God.” What does this mean to you?Discuss