If You Want
Saturdays are poem days in “The Dawn From On High” Advent series.
If You Want
the Virgin will come walking down the road
pregnant with the holy,
“I need shelter for the night, please take me inside your heart,
my time is so close.”
Then, under the roof of your soul, you will witness the sublime
intimacy, the divine, the Christ
as she grasps your hand for help, for each of us
is the midwife of God, each of us.
Yet there, under the dome of your being does creation
come into existence eternally, through your womb, dear pilgrim—
the sacred womb in your soul,
as God grasps our arms for help; for each of us is
His beloved servant
If you want, the Virgin will come walking
down the street pregnant
–St. John of the Cross (1542 – 14 December 1591).
Two remarkable things about this poem, by St. John of the Cross–whom most of us know as the one who spoke of “the Dark Night of the Soul.” Notice the power he recognizes in men and women. “If you want”! And notice how first Mary, and then God, reaches for human help. We are not just spectators to the miracle birth–we are midwives to Mary and to the Christ. It’s all happening within “the sacred womb of your soul.” If you want.