Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Wisdom of a Newborn Child

Late-middle-aged bearded man in white robes looks to the left with serene composure.
Rabindranath Tagore
I am always on the lookout for a new way of understanding the unfathomable mystery of Christmas--the potential impact of a newborn child on the course of human history.

This year, I found it in the simple words of Indian novelist and poet, Rabindranath Tagore. This world famous--except to me prior to this week--1913 Nobel laureate in literature said of newborn babies:

"Every child comes with the message that God has not given up on human beings." 

(Quoted in Bible Diary 2013, by Rev. Pauslon Veliyannoor, CMF, PhD.)

Fr. Paulson adds his own wisdom to this insight in his reflection on the birth of John the Baptist in Luke 1:57-66. I have taken the bold liberty of poeticizing a portion of his commentary.

every child

miraculous creation
bundle of possibilities
identity of its own
not destined for the past
but the future
on a path of its own
toward God

(Reflection for December 23)

I am indebted to Fr. Paulson for sharing his wisdom and amazing spiritual insights throughout this past year. He has enriched my life through his writings and in e-mails we have exchanged over the course of the past 12 months. 

(c) 2013 by Alfred J. Garrotto

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