Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Dear Sisters and Brothers –

Merry Christmas! On behalf of those who make St. Ignatius Parish their regular home, a special welcome to visitors and guests and friends we haven’t met yet. Thank you for helping us to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord.

Pastor and author Steve Garnaas-Holmes’s poem Incarnation breaks open the mystery of the gift from God we celebrate – Emmanuel – beautifully.

My Word is made flesh.

This is how I live.

I am born not once long ago,

but each moment, always.

Will you be my flesh?

Having none of my own,

can I put you on and wear you

into the world?

Will you be born for me?

Walk in the woods for me, will you?

Touch what you can touch for me,

touch with gentle fingers.

Listen for me. Hear so that I may hear.

Smell pine and sage, babies and cities.

Smell for me.

Look with my eyes.

See what I long to see,

one thing at a time.

Be with the lonely for me, will you?

Stay close to the suffering,

dance with the joyful, dance

as only a body can dance.

Let your heart be broken,

as only a beating one can.

Reach out to the despised,

notice the beauty.

Dare to be a child in a rough world.

This is how I come.

You are my flesh now, dear one.

Bear me into this world

and I will always be in you

and in all you meet.

Have an eye for those who don’t know this;

see it in them even when they can’t.

Let me discover

what it is to come to myself

in my own Creation.

Look— even now

I am coming close,

seeking the manger.

Even now I enter.

May our hearts be open to receive the Christmas gifts of light, love and peace that we be the presence of the Lord in a world that needs him as much as ever.

May God bless you and yours abundantly during these holy days of Christmas and in 2017.


Fr. Greg