Gifts, Wisdom, Questions

Here comes wisdom on the road star-gazing
ladened with heavy-scented gifts
soon to be laid at the twin feet
as yet untested of an infant
without the slightest clue
of a gift’s real market value.

Did somebody in the benighted stable—
a woke shepherd? a bitter angel?—
foreshadow the sharp question
that was decades later to cut through
the cloud of expensive love
released from alabaster 
to fill a lonesome room 
in a town called Bethany
at the opposite end of this new life?

Why wasn’t all this sold
for cash remitted to the poor?
What’s a baby going to do
with pounds and pounds of costly myrrh?

Ask the have-nots if they had
these or queries of the like
on that most holy, silent night.

Greg Kennedy, SJ is assigned to the spiritual exercises ministry at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario. Novalis will publish Greg's book - “Reupholstered Psalms” - on March 1, 2020.

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4 Comments
  • richard grover
    Posted at 10:18h, 27 December Reply

    I admire your faith, Greg…..and the hard questions you ask. One of my older/wiser Jesuits(passed years ago)said we should “Keep the faith….and your sense of humour.” Richard

  • Dodzi Amemado
    Posted at 11:45h, 27 December Reply

    Thank you, Greg, for the insight and beauty in this poem.

  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 22:14h, 27 December Reply

    Thank you Greg!

  • Eric Jensen
    Posted at 15:01h, 28 December Reply

    Laden, Greg, not ladened! Haven’t you poor shepherds learned anything?

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