Jesus Is Here!
Jean-Marie Lee, Digital Photo, 2018
Nativity Installation, University of Notre Dame
JML-PLOGS poetic commentary is below
Keep Christ in Christmas
(To be read with contemplation)
Why! Why? Keep Christ in Christmas...
I will tell you why. So shall my anticipation prevent your discovery, and your secrecy to the king and queen moult no feather.
I have of late—but wherefore I know not—lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises, and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory;
this most excellent canopy, the air—look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire—why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors.
What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god!
The beauty of the world. The paragon of animals. And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me. No, nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so— (*1)
Blessed is he who loves and
does not therefore desire to be loved;
Blessed is he who fears and
does not therefore desire to be feared;
Blessed is he who serves and
does not therefore desire to be served;
Blessed is he who behaves well toward others and
does not desire that others behave well toward him;
And because these are great things,
the foolish do not rise to them. — (*2)
Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on
whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. — (*3)
(*1) Hamlet Act 2, Scene 2, Page 13
(*2) Giles of Assisi (c. 1190 – 1262)
(*3) Luke 2:1-20 (NIV) The Birth of Jesus
In honor of the 3rd week of Advent
THE INTERIOR CASTLE
Saint Theresa of Alvia
LETS BRING PEACE EVERYDAY
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