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Christmas 2014

Every day is holy or none of them are.
I insist on it and the world
refuses to acquiesce.
What can you do?
We celebrate one man’s birthday
because we are frightened
of what it means
to celebrate our own.
Over and over
we say no
to the inherent grace,
to the only glory there is.
We go shopping because
we have nothing of our own to give.
We gorge at the high table
while the poor –
who are only the lost and lonely
we swore yesterday never to forsake –
divide crumbs out back.

Oh you who are so dear to me
despite the distance,
despite the many years
that seem to lie between us,
my love is with you always
being merely what you gave me
when you first gazed down at me
in my broken cradle,
my smoky manger.
This year
let Love be enough
to see me through the form
of what can never bring the world peace
to Peace itself,
which gives of its own accord,
and is always perfectly sufficient.

Sing to me Beloved
from the gallows
that goes with you everywhere
that this day
at last
I might remember to save you
simply by not condemning you,
which was all you ever asked.

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Sean L December 25, 2014, 5:37 am

    Sean my wish for you is that keep on writing thus clearing the way for us as you have been doing so well.But I do send you my love and to all your family and to all your students

  • Jessica December 25, 2014, 6:25 am

    Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and important things I will read all day. How grateful I am; how simply gifted by such clarity and heart. Grace and peace to you today and every day.

  • Cheryl December 25, 2014, 7:44 am

    Let us hold that sweet baby in our heart –today and every day — and see that he is us — and everyone.

    Peace to you and yours, Sean.

  • Hazel December 25, 2014, 12:20 pm

    Happy holy day !

  • Pam Peterson December 25, 2014, 1:23 pm

    Beautiful! Merry Christmas, Sean, and to your family. And a Merry Christmas to all my brothers and sister.

  • Sean Reagan December 26, 2014, 5:56 am

    Thank you everyone . . .

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