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Power of dark and light

Church is poetry. Poetry is life. A life well lived.

There lay Baby Jesus
sweet and sound he slept.
He knows the way before him
as sure as the Magi’s quest.

Come, Oh! come the people sing.
The bells on high, the angels ring.

There lay Baby Jesus
goodwill, a life of peace.
Came to heal and care for
the poor who beg the streets.

Come, Oh! come the people sing.
The bells on high, the angels ring.

Dark overcomes light while light battles back. These two powers are equally strong. Faithful believers wait for a day when the final battle is fought, conquering evil  forever. Meanwhile, humanity wanders, seeking wisdom, knowledge and spiritual guidance. Where is this goodwill for all men? Where is this peace Jesus came to bring?

The Star of the East shone brightly, a message of hope.  The Three Kings of the Orient, men of wisdom, had heard the stories of his arrival. These Magi’s of Iran, Balthasar, Melchior, Caspar, came to bring gifts for baby Jesus. They sought a religious experience, seeking wisdom higher than earthly thoughts. Meanwhile, King Herod, disturbed by the thought of baby Jesus, declared all baby boys be killed.

 Matthew 2:1 – “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem.”

Matthew 2:7 – Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.

Matthew 2:16 – When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.

The promise of Christmas has not failed. God has not abandoned us. Our peaceful pursuit of goodwill is a gift from God; a conscience seeking spiritual guidance. I do not refuse earthly men’s wisdom, it is rather I choose to follow the Son of God who promises healing and peace for all who traverse afar, searching for the light. Hope is my fortitude.

“Always winter and never Christmas; think of that!”
“How awful!” said Lucy.

–C.S. Lewis “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (1950)

Merry Christmas,
Goodwill and peace to all, J