Theotokos: The Christ Taking Birth Forever

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared at our blog partner,, and is written by Christopher Pramuk, Associate Professor of Theology at Xavier University and author of the book, Hope Sings, So Beautiful.

Like Mary, says St. John of the Cross, “each of us is the midwife of God, each of us.”

What would it be, dear fellow pilgrims, to live in this New Year, as if we believed it?! For now – and why not now? – is the fullness of time, and each of us, a gateway to heaven. May Christ, the prince of mercy and peace, come to birth in our lives ever more in this New Year, ever more into the world, in each of us. A blessed New Year to you and yours!

If You Want

St. John of the Cross

you want
the Virgin will come walking down the road
pregnant with the holy,
and say,
“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
taking birth

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
never far.

If you want, the Virgin will come walking
down the street pregnant
with Light and sing …

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