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Dec
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divine poetic genius

imagesI came across this reflection on Christmas describing the personal epiphany Bono had just after returning home, to Dublin, from a long tour with U2. On Christmas Eve he went to the famous St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where Jonathan Swift was dean. Apparently he was given a really poor seat, one obstructed by a pillar, making it even more difficult for him to keep his eyes open…but it was there that the Christmas story struck him like never before. He writes:

“The idea that God, if there is a force of Logic and Love in the universe, that it would seek to explain itself is amazing enough. That it would seek to explain itself and describe itself by becoming a child born in straw poverty, in s**t and straw…a child… I just thought: “Wow!” Just the poetry … Unknowable love, unknowable power, describes itself as the most vulnerable. There it was. I was sitting there, and it’s not that it hadn’t struck me before, but tears came streaming down my face, and I saw the genius of this, utter genius of picking a particular point in time and deciding to turn on this.”

The poetry and genius of Christmas – a narrative only God could truly imagine.

Here is Bono singing U2 Christmas..

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1 Response to “divine poetic genius”


  1. December 21, 2008 at 2:54 am

    Nice title. The title made me to come to your website. Nice article.


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