Lenten Journey with Mary

Woman of light.
by Virginia M. Kimball, S.T.D. | Source:

Woman of Light

No words, a message in silence:
as Christ's mother came
to a torn, hurting world,
and she never spoke,
millions saw
at Zeitoun
a place of
olives.
Kyrie eleison. Lord, feed us with an
oil of healing, an oil of light, an oil
of anointing in holy life.

Once before, there she made a stay:
a resting refugee,
hidden by the delta,
a presence waiting
with few to see
at Zeitoun
a place for
doves.
Kyrie eleison. Yonah, little dove, messenger from above, loving message in flight,
of living in light.

Doves flying as a cross of lights:
the woman a brilliant crown bright,
holding her child, gliding
to his cross bending
in glory
at Zeitoun
a place of
incense.
Kyrie eleison. Sweeter than any offering,
rising in clouds, surrounding, abounding
in signs resounding.

Christian, Muslim, Jew, and doubter:
thronging to see the light,
shapes recognized glowing
in silence proclaiming
drawing a oneness
at Zeitoun
the place of repentance.
Walk while you have the light. so the darkness does not overcome you.
While you have the light, believe in the light,so you may become children of the light.
(John 12:35-36)

Reflection on the icon:
This church is located in Egypt, in the Nile delta area where it is thought that the Holy Family fled from Herod. The church is built over a place where Mary rested with her small child Jesus. How frightened they must have been. And how the little Jesus must have clung to his mother. Matthew the Evangelist tells us: "Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, 'Out of Egypt I called my son.'" [Matthew 2: 14-15] The prophet is Hosea. At this place, where the Light of the World and His mother rested, His mother comes in our day to give us hope and to tell us pray.


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