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Ordinary Holiness

is at the root
of praise.
is at the heart
of Christmas,
and not for one day only
but for each waking day.
At the heart
of Christ’s incarnation
is the truth
that God makes extraordinary things
in ordinary places,
that heaven and earth
        holy and earthly
        God and human
are intertwined.
The wonder of Christmas
desires to creep
into every living moment,
so that we behold
the glory of God.
The wonder of this holy day
points to the wonder in all days;
the wonder of the Bethlehem stable
teaches us to find
the wonder in all places;
the wonder of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus
leads to the wonder
in the faces of ordinary people.
(O Mary,
holy . . .)