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Saint Barbara Parish
Old Mission Santa Barbara
2201 Laguna Street
Santa Barbara, CA

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Grace

Dear Friend,

Our celebrations over the last six weeks have revolved in large part around the grace of God working through women, one woman in particular. As we move toward the end of the Christmas season, I offer the following poem by a woman named Kaitlin Hardy Shetler. She stands by the crèche and nativity scene with some very provocative questions in her heart. I invite you to listen as she voices them, but brace yourself!

Sometimes I wonder

if Mary breastfed Jesus.

if she cried out when he bit her

or if she sobbed when he would not latch.

and sometimes I wonder

if this is all too vulgar

to ask in a church

full of men

without milk stains on their shirts

or coconut oil on their breasts

preaching from pulpits off limits to the Mother of God.

but then i think of feeding Jesus,

birthing Jesus,

the expulsion of blood

and smell of sweat,

the salt of a mother’s tears

onto the soft head of the Salt of the Earth,

feeling lonely

and tired

hungry

annoyed

overwhelmed

loving

and i think,

if the vulgarity of birth is not

honestly preached

by men who carry power but not burden,

who carry privilege but not labor,

who carry authority but not submission,

then it should not be preached at all.

because the real scandal of the Birth of God

lies in the cracked nipples of a

14 year old

and not in the sermons of ministers

who say women

are too delicate

to lead.

May the Lord give us peace!

Gratefully,

Fr. Dan ofm