Christmas Calculus

Christmas Calculus


I am thankful for the mechanism
that lifts anger off the rails of contention
and offers instead a calculus of peace.

Because it occurs to me
that the change in me
with respect to you
was modeled by Jesus Christ.

His equation for anger can be found
in the handbook for our self-obsessing culture—
a testable model for peace.

Because if we genuinely put our anger
next to Jesus Christ
it leads to forgiveness,
and no anger remains.

Absent anger, love can change the intractable,
and save the cost of cleaning up emotional fallout—
leaving energy for peace.

Because there is no peace in anger,
you and I desperately need
a Chi Rho to make it work—
and that’s why Christmas is so necessarily beautiful.

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