Sunday, December 24, 2023

Flandreau: the foreshadowing

Sunday, December 24, 2023
    Advent IV
    Christmas Eve
    Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
    —Luke 2:19 (NIV)
The Mother sits by the rough-hewn byre
where her Baby smiles, and the secret fire
shines on her face. Her hand rests by
an iron spike from the wood thrust high
    (“The nails in His hands!”)

An open chink in the rude, cold shed
lets in the sky, and the Star that led
shepherds and kings pours down its light:
a silver shaft through the frosty night
    (“The spear in His side!”)

Her hands reach out, as to push away
the cross-crowned hill and the bloody day;
they touch a rough, unyielding wall:
the stable side, of stone piled tall
    (“The stone—rolled away!”)
    ... Alexander Flandreau (1919-2015)
    See also Luke 2:19; Matt. 1:20-21; 1:9-11; 28:2; Mark 15:22-24; Luke 24:25-26; Heb. 4:2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, have mercy on us, who had no mercy on You.

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