In the winter of our troubles,
Martha kneels to be a priest;
In the waning days of Advent,
Comes her Eucharistic feast.
Such a time for ordination—
When the Church herself is rent
By divisions over Scripture,
Over what God means and meant!
Is our faith a blessing given
That, unchanged, we must embrace,
Or a call to follow Jesus
At this time and in this place?
She’ll be priested by a bishop
Who does not approve her creed;
Yet, he’ll join in celebration
That, God willing, will proceed.
What will be this new priest’s mission?
Will she walk into the fray,
Or become a saintly presence
Who will comfort, heal, and pray?
Thus, St. Paul’s sends forth our Martha
To become what she will be,
As she binds to her the strong Name
Of the blessed Trinity.