Loving The Innocent

"When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us." And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them." (1)

King of Innocents

The Spirit of a Child Pure --
The Holiest of innocents --
Became a child to endure
Humanity's worst repugnance.

This Holy Infant's a contrast
To Herod, king of selfishness:
His kingdom of Spirit will last;
While Herod's dies of emptiness.

He seeks to house His purity,
Within a heart of stable-cave;
He treasures true obscurity --
The simple, humble heart He'll save.

He is swaddled within the hearts
That tend to Him with loving care:
Their silent gaze of love imparts
A cradling of love with prayer.

Come all! Be you shepherd or king,
With simple heart, your tribute bring.

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

1. Luke 2:15-20

image (c) Tricia of The Sacred Wounds of Jesus, 2010