• advent journal: missing a meal

    by  • December 4, 2018 • advent journal, food, incarnation, poetry • 3 Comments

    missing a meal

    we have several mangers on our mantle
    nativities from around the world
    as though everyone showed up at once
    the Magi made the effort to bring
    incense and offerings; the shepherds
    came crashing in with stories of angels,
    but no one brought anything to eat

    (and that’s what manger means in French)

    on his way out, Jesus gathered his friends
    for a meal so they could remember:
    every time you eat, he said, you put us
    back together—but for all the angels
    and alleluias, all the stars and promises,
    how can it be that no one in the stable
    thought Mary and Joseph might be hungry?

    Peace,
    Milton

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    3 Responses to advent journal: missing a meal

    1. Jane
      December 5, 2018 at 8:38 am

      A friend from New Mexico sent me a Native American nativity set in which the Three Wise Men figures are women. One of the gifts they’re bearing is maize. Wise Women always bring snacks!

    2. Marty Morris
      December 5, 2018 at 9:45 am

      Not a chef among them…

    3. Judith Zaccaria
      December 5, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      I love that the Native American nativity set featured maize — and I feel bad because it never occurred to me that no one brought food to the manger. I think I’ll have to put some food in my nativity set. When you think about it, the whole group must have been hungry.

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