A CHRISTMAS SERMON
of heaven and earth, that Thou hast hid these things
from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto
Is he wonderful?
His works thus prove him. He giveth power, peace,
and holiness; he exalteth the lowly; he giveth liberty
to the captive, health to the sick, salvation from sin to
the sinner - and overcometh the world!
Go, and tell what things ye shall see and hear: how
the blind, spiritually and physically, receive sight; how
the lame, those halting between two opinions or hobbling
on crutches, walk; how the physical and moral
lepers are cleansed; how the deaf - those who, having
ears, hear not, and are afflicted with "tympanum on the
brain" - hear; how the dead, those buried in dogmas
and physical ailments, are raised; that to the poor -
the lowly in Christ, not the man-made rabbi - the
gospel is preached. Note this: only such as are pure
in spirit, emptied of vainglory and vain knowledge, receive
Here ends the colloquy; and a voice from heaven seems
to say, "Come and see."
The nineteenth-century prophets repeat, "Unto us a
son is given."
The shepherds shout, "We behold the appearing of
the star!" - and the pure in heart clap their hands.