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.