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Prophetic Fantasy

Emmanuelites,
in opening devotions,
included Messiah for their worship,
confessing him incarnate God,
wondering
what marvels they could anticipate,
if God assumed a human form
would angels respond in kind?
or, perhaps withdraw
to make more space
for beings of the human kind
to make of creation
a shout of joyful praise?

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Priority for Prayer

I pray by numbers,
just press the number '1'
and all my obligations
toward family and friends
would seek resolution,
the first
and most important
of towering requirements
for seeking aid
or guidance,
from a father
whose concern supplants
the best that I could conjecture.

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Daily Lines Humming

With stars and creches packed away
we pray our scheduled hours
and liturgies
without emotional promptings,
beginning the ordered weeks
of Sundays by the number.

No frills of added songs,
or ornamentation entice us.
no prelates officiate
as their vestments get tucked and pressed,
for coming festive days,

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Lord's Baptism

John’s baptism separated people
from their stealthy 
inborn sinning,
contesting them
for service without slippage,
recruiters’ school
for the Master’s corps.

They took the purity
of Jordan’s murky waters,
the stream that terminated
by evaporation,
as though the waves
distilled themselves
in higher yearnings,
abandoning
the sludge and foul debris.

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Show Me

The word Epiphany
befuddles children
and the simple.
To say it comes from the Greek,
forever renders it,
for a second grader, 
impossible to learn or remember.

With luckier words,
like making things clear,
or explanation,
describing in daily words,
or introducing a person,
as in telling what a person is like,
with honest words.

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Family Giving

What have messiahs to do
with families?
If ours is to teach
or lead us into battle,
he lies helpless in his crib,
though when presented to God
at eight days old,
he possessed Jerusalem,
for the prophetess Anna declared,
he conquered the city,
with nothing but pigeon power.

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Holy Year Christmas

HOLY YEAR CHRISTMAS

When the Spirit planned
this Holy Year
that overlaps with Christmas,
she chose a Pontiff
in Greccio’s hues,
and every word became a banner
describing the Year of Mercy.
More people share life
to make the Mercy Year festive
than all the prior people of history,
the ones who called for Emmanuel.

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