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Christmas as God’s “D-Day” Landing on Planet Earth.

December 29, 2010

Robert Southwell, a poet and Jesuit priest in the age of Shakespeare, understood, as I do, the coming of Jesus Christ to be God’s “D-Day”, landing on earth in a fight to the death to take back His planet from the evil one. Southwell wrote the poem, “This Little Babe,” before Queen Elizabeth had him hanged, drawn and quartered for promoting his Catholic faith in 1595. We grieve and are ashamed of the violence done against Catholics in that age.

The Seventh Angel

Christmas, like the seventh angel of the end times, represents God's ushering in a new era that brings humans into the peace of His kingdom.

Some of the words in “This Little Babe” are archaic, like “the tents that he hath pight” (we would say “the tents that He has pitched.”  This Christmas season,  and in fact all year long,  I repeat the first verse to myself nearly every day, as well as the last couplet of verse four. So, dear readers, take heart: Because of Christmas “the kingdom of this world will become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).

This little babe so few days old,
Is come to rifle Satan’s fold;
All hell doth at His presence quake,
Though He Himself for cold do shake;
For in this weak unarmèd wise
The gates of hell He will surprise.

With tears He fights and wins the field,
His naked breast stands for a shield,
His battering shot are babish cries,
His arrows, looks of weeping eyes,
His martial ensigns, cold and need,
And feeble flesh His warrior’s steed.

His camp is pitchèd in a stall,
His bulwark but a broken wall,
The crib His trench, hay-stalks His stakes,
Of shepherds He His muster makes;
And thus, as sure His foe to wound,
The angels’ trumps alarum sound.

My soul, with Christ join thou in fight;
Stick to the tents that He hath pight;
Within His crib is surest ward,
This little babe will be thy guard;
If thou wilt foil thy foes with joy,
Then flit not from this heavenly boy.

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