SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULTS: ‘Dear Sinead and Mark’: Christmas Day 2012

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULTS:

'So the shepherds hurried away and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in a manger.'

A Christmas Letter to Sinead and Mark, two young adults:

 

Dear Sinead, Dear Mark,

Here’s wishing you a truly blessed Christmas, filled with wonder.

Today, I simply give you a story written by a man called John Shea, and it’s called

Sharon’s Prayer

She was five, sure of the facts, and recited them with slow solemnity convinced every word was revelation. She said they were so poor they had only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to eat and they went a long way from home without getting lost. The lady rode a donkey, the man walked, and the baby was inside the lady. They had to stay in a stable with an ox and an ass (hee-hee) but the Three Rich Men found them because a star lited the roof. Shepherds came and you could pet the sheep but not feed them. Then the baby was borned. And do you know who he was? Her quarter eyes inflated to silver dollars. The baby was God. And she jumped in the air whirled round, dove into the sofa and buried her head under the cushion which is the only proper response to the Good News of the Incarnation.

- John Shea, The Hour of the Unexpected Allan, Texas: Argus Communications, c1977. 1st edition.

‘Incarnation‘- (from the Latin words in & carne, in & flesh) when ‘The Word was made flesh, and set up his tent among us (John 1:14). God, our Creator, in our human flesh, one of us, and still God. His name? JESUS of Nazareth. ‘ The baby was God. And she jumped in the air whirled round, dove into the sofa and buried her head under the cushion which is the only proper response to the Good News of the Incarnation’.

God’s blessings be on you both and on your families and friends. Drink a toast to such wonder-full love, today!

Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R.  seamus.devittcssr@gmail.com

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