The mystic saint reminds us all of the deep spiritual truths of Christmas.
St. John of the Cross has been nicknamed “the most mystical of all poets, and the most poetic of all mystics.” His poetry is recognized as one of the greatest pieces of Spanish literature and is appreciated by a variety of people.
Among his works is a rare poem about the Nativity of Jesus. In the poem he presents a symphony of spiritual truths, focused in particular on the spousal nature of the Incarnation and the love God has for humanity. It has hints of the Song of Songs within it, another poem that expresses the passionate love of God for his bride, the Church.
As you meditate on the beauty of Christmas, consider this poem by St. John of the Cross and let him bring light to your darkness.
Now at last the destined ages
Their appointed course had run,
When rejoicing from His chamber
Issued forth the Bridegroom Son.
He embraced His bride, and held her
Lovingly upon His breast,
And the gracious Mother laid Him
In the manger down to rest.
There He lay, the dumb beasts by Him,
They were fitly stabled there,
While the shepherds and the angels
Filled with melody the air.
So the feast of their espousals
With solemnity was kept ;
But Almighty God, an Infant,
In the manger moaned and wept.
So the bride at her betrothal
Did the bridal gifts arrange ;
But the Mother looked in wonder
At the marvellous exchange.
Man gave forth a song of gladness,
God Himself a plaintive moan ;
Both possessing that which never
Had been hitherto their own.