Keeping with tradition's law

the parents came to bless their child

when Simeon at death's door saw

salvation's hope - both harsh and mild.

Following a life of prayer

old Anna came in search of peace

and saw instead a vision where

all hatreds end and all wars cease.

This child has become a sign

of contradiction which small minds

can scarce control and ne'er confine

to categories this world binds.

Before we look in shrines of stone

for signs of truth or hints of grace

let us first in flesh and bone

discover God's most human face.

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