October 31, 2020

Circumcision of the Christ-Child

Story of the Life of Christ: Circumcision, Angelico

By Chaplain Mike

After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. (Luke 2:21, NRSV)

eighth day and the baby cries
hard tool cuts his flesh
fulfilling all demands
bleeding flesh by human hands

patriarch’s dream
the promised son
fulfilling all demands
spared in lieu of sacrificial ram

now on selfsame mount
is brought a newborn child
fulfilling all demands
little did we understand

this would not be the last time
hard tool would cut his flesh
fulfilling all demands
bleeding flesh by human hands


  1. Did you write this, Mike?

  2. At the risk of sounding stupid…but as a guy I think I can speak for many guys here. The thought of circumscion brings chills to my spine!!

    • Well, it doesn’t chill my spine… 😉

      Circumcision on the 8th day a physiological advantage. All my boys circumcised upon their birth. And for my last son it presented quite the medical challenge+problems.

      The religious aspect of it what Jesus endured as all Hebrew boys did from the time of Abraham. And I think performing it @ 8 days much better than when a teenager or later in life.

      Fortunately I do not remember it. But I do remember when my heart was circumcised…