Friday, December 30, 2011

Who Is This Woman?

Photo by Wendy Carlson
Who Is This Woman?

Who is this woman who talks to angels

   and is on familiar terms with divinity?

In the fullness of time,

 She bore the fullness of grace.

The shepherds went in haste,

 And found the angels’ proclamation true.

  All were there as they had been told,

    Maiden mother, mentor, and male child.

Those who heard of it were amazed.

Mary looked on in gratitude.

   The silence in her heart

Held the past and the future

     In a balance.

Eight days passed before marking him,

    Naming him,

Whose future pulls us forward. 

Who is this woman

   Who dared to say “Yes”

And, now holds eternal vulnerability

   In her lap?   

                                          Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP