Thursday, January 11, 2018

Anything Good?

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” John 1:43-51

Anything Good?

The child of abundance
clothed in splendor leans in
to a full and abundant refrigerator
asking "anything good?"

The child of the streets
shivers at night gazing up
mumbling prayers to God
and asks for anything good to happen.

We are children of abundance
in a desert dry without tenderness
we fill our hearts with goods
leaving no room for anything good.

From the poverty and sidelined Nazareth
we received gift upon gift
freely given love for the least of us
everything good is here with us now.

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