Robin alighted as soon as I mowed the first swathe of grass, 

an aspiring scavenger sifting the cuttings for prey.

Undeterred by the turning blade, it tilted an eye 

as though to say, we are not so different, you and I,

pretending greatness all while devouring

the remains of a fallen creation.

This Sunday’s Gospel reading wonders about the true nature of greatness …

Image: American Robin by Ken Thomas (detail), public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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