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Dec 14: Day by Day with Father Bill

MEMORIAL OF SAINT JOHN OF THE CROSS, PRIEST AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

Bethlehem, Year Zero by Andrew Roycroft
This year none of the pieces are in place, no finishing touch,
just the rush,
headlong,
to make the best of things –
more make-do, than make-believe,
a clambering to retrieve
family under one roof,
to pluck some safety from the dragon’s teeth,
to make a place for joy again,
long looked for after labor pains,
the grace to hold our griefs
in one hand,
and with the other, just hold on.
This year has no precedent,
just more numbers from the government,
just more bitterness of argument,
sick hearts retching on hope deferred,
reading tight between the lines
for a Word
that might flare across the firmament
and speak deliverance.
But this year, we have made the best of things,
found shelter here against the odds,
adapted what has come to hand,
rested in the grander plan
that underwrites this circumstance,
sees grace instead of blinded chance,
and lays in the manger ark
the Best beside the worst,
the Light amidst the dark,
the King among the filth.
And Mary cradles at her breast
the head of one who from obscurity
will carry heaven’s destiny
through thorn to crown,
dandles with her hand the heel
that, promised from eternity, will crush King Death into the ground.
This year, we have no normal,
new or old,
but a different day
a dawn,
a moment long foretold,
now here,
this year.
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