Ubiquitous Light (A poetic reflection on John 1:9-14)
I’ve always found it curious
that the reading on this day
Is not the Annunciation itself.
wouldn’t it make sense
to tell the story again?
when I cock my head
and think on it a little,
I’m reminded this was no ordinary conception.
What was to come to Earth
in human form
had already been conceived
a long time ago
and it clearly takes a while
to find the person willing to bear God.
And even though
the human form of the Light
no longer walks among us
like human DNA residue
left behind on car seats,
has never left.
rather than to spend thousands of years again
to look for another single bearer
of such a thing,
In that clever divine wisdom God has,
God chose instead
to make the DNA so ubiquitous
we can’t help
but track it in on our shoes
and pass it along with our hands,
and aerosolize it with our breath.
In those times
that it feels like the dark is winning,
I need to remind myself
that the Light never really left
and it’s everywhere,
as ubiquitous as the dog hair on my clothes.
Maria Evans splits her week between being a pathologist and laboratory director in Kirksville, MO, and gratefully serving in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri , as Interim Priest at Trinity-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hannibal, MO.