In less than one week we will celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.  A carol asks a very good question.  “Mary, did you know?”  Mary knew some things, and pondered them in her heart.  Others could not really be understood until after the Crucifixion and Resurrection.  And even more pertinent question is “What do we know?”  Let us try to celebrate the season with understanding.  To that end, I offer the following sonnet:



Sonnet CXIV

“Mary, did you know?” the carol asks.

The answer is not simple.  She could tell

The meaning of the name Immanuel,

But the true nature of Messiah’s tasks

Was hid.  A multiplicity of masks,

Their messianic expectations fell

Across their anxious eyelids like a veil.

Still, hidden in an alabaster flask,


The precious perfume of the Promise, kept

So carefully until the destined hour

About which all the prophecies has spoken,

Was moving with the Magdalene, who wept,

Whose tears fell with the ointment in a shower

On Feet that for her sins would soon be broken.


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