poetry, Wordle

Wordle Making Christmas Great Again

A Wordle Challenge below asks the use of at least 10 of the words suggested to create a story or poem.  To see the words or join in on the fun click here.

My creation is in the form of Etheree Poetry below; enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Bring
Yuletide
Celebrate
Christ is present —
Decorate your tree
The Herald of angels
Signal the holiday signs;
Santa, mistletoe, elves, raindeers —
Everyone here tastes of our pudding
Gifts in your stocking because of Christmas

 

 

 

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Secrecy of Symbolism — Prefigurement

This post today encouraged by Weekly Writing Challenge composed by me, below.

My inspiration wrote in Haibun poetry with Haiku at the end.  The rich symbolism of words, especially when one looks deeply into Biblical teachings and the teachings of the Catholic Church.  The challenge this week by “Weekly Writing” calls for 5 prompt words to be used, prompt words below are underlined.

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Tabern

 

Consider when the Divine King, Jesus was born, and placed in a manger. A spot where food is set to feed animals. This rough trough became His first bed. “And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger.” [Luke 2:12] “SEEK AND YOU SHALL FIND.”
Now recognize this and grow in grace; the symbolism of this is profound!
Many time the faithful being described as His sheep. Continue to read …
“He said to him the third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he had said to him the third time: Lovest thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee. He said to him: Feed my sheep.” [John 21:17]

As it has always been stated in the glowing Catechism of the Catholic church, whenever a priest has appropriately been ordained a priest in the old rite of ordination without changes, it has been given to him from God above the power to consecrate the bread and wine into the True Body and True Blood of Jesus Christ. “If any man eats of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, for the life of the world.”[John 6:52] Not dead flesh but the Living Flesh of Jesus Christ, also known as the Eucharist.

Laid in a manger
Food for our souls — as promised
God can do all things

Rich symbolism becomes this manger where the newborn Baby Jesus laid on that first Christmas. “And they came with haste, and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.” [Luke 2:16] That first Christmas so long ago, meaning Christ Mass. The word for Christmas in late Old English is Cristes Maesse, the Mass of Christ, first found in 1038, and Cristes-messe, in 1131.

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The Fourth Wise Man

 

You are that fourth Wise Man, your destiny is to seek Him.  Yet this short note just before Christmas is about the prayer we know as The Magnificat.  The Magnificat also a perfect Christmas prayer as you know when you meditate on the words.   I begged God for a better understanding of it. Perhaps it was an inspiration or just a coincidence for that evening I tuned into a movie on youtube titled “The Fourth Wise Man.”

I was thinking that day about the words contained within the prayer The Magnificat, “He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their hearts. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.”
While watching the story on youtube, which is about a particular young man who sold all his possessions for a purse filled with gems. His plan was to present these jewels to the King he was seeking. He set out to meet up with the other three kings but missed them. Always a day late and he could never catch up. His journey turned into years of searching for the baby born in Bethlehem yet; he found himself always behind the footsteps of the Holy Family. As the years went by and realizing the Child had grown, he searched among the rich and powerful thinking; this is where his King would be. Finally meeting up with someone with knowledge of the whereabouts of Jesus, he was told to seek Him among the poor. “The poor!” he exclaimed, why the poor he thought. Was He not a King? He wondered.
The words of the Magnificat suddenly had new meaning for me. A little light lite up and the words of the Magnificat came together in my heart; it was His gift of grace that filled the poor and had exalted them, while the rich were sent away because of their pride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SILVER or GOLD?

All I want for Christmas is …
We hear a lot of that about this time of the year, “What are you hoping to get from Santa? What do you want? I hope I get this or maybe that!”
Instead of thinking about what we want, let’s consider what we need. “Want” as defined as a desire for something; “Need” as defined as requirement, essential, necessity. There is a difference in the meaning. The things we want today, are usually tossed in the corner tomorrow, but the things we need will be appreciated sooner or later.
One valuable Christmas suggestion would be GOLD!
I remember learning in school that a Mass offered for your loved one after death is like giving them SILVER, but a Mass provided while they are living is like giving them GOLD. It is worth so much more than just gold if we only knew.
We all need to save our soul, give the gift that will last forever, have a Mass offered for your loved one. They may not want it today, but they will need it for tomorrow and ever after.
When a priest offers Holy Mass, he has three intentions: First, to pray the Mass reverently and validly. Second, to offer the Mass in union with and for the good of the whole Church. Third, to offer the Mass for a particular intention. We find the origins of this practice dating back to the early Church with Mass intentions pleading for a soul buried there inscribed on tombs in Roman catacombs.
GIVE YOUR LOVED ONE A MIRACLE!

ChristmasCardHere we read in Mirae Caritatis ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII:
“In every place there is a sacrifice, and there is offered to My name a pure oblation” (Mal. i., II). And this miracle, itself the very greatest of its kind, is accompanied by innumerable other miracles; for here all the laws of nature are suspended; the whole substance of the bread and wine are changed into the Body and the Blood; the species of bread and wine are sustained by the divine power without the support of any underlying substance; the Body of Christ is present in many places at the same time, that is to say, wherever the Sacrament is consecrated. And in order that human reason may the more willingly pay its homage to this great mystery, there have not been wanting, as an aid to faith, certain prodigies wrought in His honour, both in ancient times and in our own, of which in more than one place there exist public and notable records and memorials. It is plain that by this Sacrament faith is fed, in it, the mind finds its nourishment, the objections of rationalists are brought to naught, and abundant light is thrown on the supernatural order.

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His Summons

BELL

No room the Inn Keeper cries!

Words of His people, people He came to Redeem. If they knew then, and if only we can realize NOW as we continue to voice, “NO ROOM.”

He continues to call us to Him; He summons us. Do you hear the sanctuary bell ringing?

He says one word, “COME.”

Sweet Jesus! What is there that Thou could have done for us which Thou hast not done?