The Johannine Nativity

In the beginning was the Word
and the Word was with God
and the Word was love, or light, or create-this.
In the beginning was the Word
and the Word was Hail and Mary,
manger, jingle, star.

In the beginning was the Word
and it was Qur’an and Ganeesh, Yahweh, Tao.
And the Tao was with God and
in the manger was God.
The Hail to a young girl was with the create-this.
All that came into being was Allah,
and the light shone on the Ganges
and there were bodhisattvas
who were not afraid.

In the beginning was the Word
who let us write it.
The Qur’an was written on the darkness
and the darkness became a Star.
Many men and women were sent from God,
with very many names,
and they pointed and chanted,
whirled and fasted and prophesied to the love
so that all would believe.
They were words, not the Word,
but they spoke without fear.

The manger child with the crossed-heart
comes into the world
and there is a turning away –
the jealous claiming of the Word
that ends up spitting it out.
But where there is a turning toward,
the listening straw meets the children of God
who are born … not so much in their own traditions,
but on the articulating breath of God.

Word becomes flesh – dangerous and divisive
and hope lives among us
and we speak and write its glory,
as long as we do not pretend to understand.


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8 Responses to The Johannine Nativity

  1. Dawn says:

    Maren, I cannot find words to describe how awesome this is! I have a senior citizen parishioner with whom I can barely wait to share it. Thank you! Dawn

  2. Rosalie Sugrue says:

    Powerful – as I listened to a few wise but forgettable words on this passage this morning, I thought if only our parson had read this!

    • Maren says:

      Thanks, Rosalie, someone wrote me privately to say I was “brave” … I hadn’t thought of that, but I guess anyone “negative” probably would not comment.

  3. David Cobb says:

    I’m grateful to a friend and colleague in my congregation for pointing me to your blog. May we have permission to include this among our readings this Sunday for Epiphany? We have a few high school students who are on their schools’ speech teams for whom I’d love to divide this out into several voices.

  4. David Cobb says:

    Three of our teens did this as an antiphonal reading this morning. Very powerful. Thanks!

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