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Here we are, the 1st of January 2017. There were times when I wished 2016 would speed away and I’m sure I’m not alone in this.
“Remembering that It Happened Once…” A Christmas Poem from Wendell Berry
Repeat the sounding joy. A friend who comes to the Cathedral for Christmas and Easter services once said to me, “It’s the repetition that I don’t really appreciate—yet I understand that’s the whole point!”
For reasons difficult to explain, in recent days I’ve found it easier to imagine Mary in a faded Ramones t-shirt and scuffed Chuck Taylors rather than the clothing typified in the church’s serene iconography.
Is it scandalous to imagine Theotokos, the mother of our Lord, in ripped jeans, proudly bearing a sacred heart tattoo, always pointing us back to the anti-establishment cry of the prophets? Perhaps.
And yet in this year of coming to know the Maundy Café, its dedicated volunteers, and incredible guests, I’ve come to believe this image offers us something valuable. To re-situate Mary into our time and space honours her, and helps me to see her as she might have been on the margins of her own society.
Advent for me this year is about emerging light. It reminds me that learning and growth take time. I get stuck in patterns and assumptions about myself and the world around me that slowly change as the light shines on them. In the words of the late Leonard Cohen, “There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”