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Lectionary Poetry – Epiphany Week 1 (Year A)

Lectionary Poetry Advent

With the dawn of a new church year, we have launched a new feature on our website, a weekly post of poetry that resonates with the lectionary readings for that week (Revised Common Lectionary).
 
 

Lectionary Reading: Acts 10:34-43

 
 

Descending Theology:
Christ Human
Mary Karr

 
SNIPPET:


The miracle’s not just
that you became us, but also
those breathed-in instants allotted to us each
(even poor Brother Judas),
when one relinquishes self and will and want.
Then you’re laid bare in us,
and for some briefly gentle eyeblink
we bloom and are you.

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from POETRY magazine (December 2001)

A variant of this poem appears in 
Mary Karr’s book SINNERS WELCOME.
Read the variant poem here
 
 

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