Happy Boxing Day! As the beautiful wrapping paper has turned to trash and the indigestion only just begun to be fully realized, it is a good opportunity to look forward from the great Event of Christmas day and contemplate where it leads us.
OH SIGHT BEYOND ALL SEEING
Oh Sight beyond all seeing
Light in the dark of the sun,
Fact behind the face of Being,
Second of Three in the One:
What motive could have moved you hither thus?
The Life that was ever begotten, never begun,
Began to be born, to mourn. For us
The daring deed was done.
Burned by Angel-light,
The shepherds’ eyes were blind
To everything except the sight
That they went forth to find.
It was a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes,
Laid in a manger: such had been the sign.
The sign they saw by then still shows
The perilous paths that wind
Between the Tree and the Tree.
This much the sign makes clear:
The Light invisible we see,
The silent Word we hear.
What motive could have moved him hither thus?
We hear pegs pounded, see the thrusted spear,
We hear, “Forgive them!” Now for us
The day of doom draws near.
Those who celebrate all twelve days of Christmas are wise. It takes that much time and longer to realize the full impact of what we just celebrated. And so we move toward the New Year, and Good Friday . . . and Easter. Amen.
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