A broader mischief

I am sorry to say 
that today is not convenient 
for revolution. I have 
Sadducees coming for dinner 
and some scribes – I did not 
tell them of each other – I 
have employed unemployed 
tax collectors as wait staff 
and women of repute  
for the cabaret. Mary 
is livid, Martha apoplectic. 
My mother preached reversal
but I am inclined toward a broader mischief.


I wasn’t preaching today – thanks to our wonderful deacon – but this poem came from mulling this week over the Magnificat, and Jesus’ strange, illogical ranking of John as greatest but least, making me wonder whether the redistribution he envisions is less an inversion than a radical reimagination of fortunes.

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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