Yon Holy Mess

What do you feel, Mary? What runs through
Your mind when an unclean spirit leaves,
When a demon abandons its hold on a man?

     The void is more potent
     Than the power which flees

You know this to be true, don’t you? True for you?
You have been healed more than once.
The first demon went out, seven returned.

     More of your own evil
     Self will never suffice

What were the seven cast out from you, Mary?
Do you know? What were your many torments?
Tell us, can you name them one by one?

     I know them not, but these
     Seven I should never desire

     One that speaks from the place of darkness
     One indifferent to words of the wise
     One too proud to confess and repent
     One consumed with proof and doubt
     One that mistrusts the good it sees
     One that sooner divides than unites
     Or prefers an ordered void to a holy mess

     Like mine.

About Greg Wright

I have worn many hats as a writer and editor over the years. Unlike my scholarly and journalistic work from the "old days" at Hollywood Jesus, Past the Popcorn, or SeaTac Blog, the writing here is of a more overtly personal and spiritual nature. I hope it provokes you as much as it provokes me.
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One Response to Yon Holy Mess

  1. Greg Wright says:

    Peter’s reflection on traveling with Mary Magdelene in the context of demonic exorcisms and healings, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, and an “evil and adulterous generation.” See Luke 8 and Matthew 12. “Interview with a Demoniac,” if you will.

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