I watched both performances of Painted Sky Opera‘s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors this weekend to see Lily in her role as a dancing shepherd.
The pivotal moment in the show is when the impoverished mother, who has stolen some of the kings’ gold is told by one of the kings to keep it because, “The child we seek doesn’t need our gold. On love, on love alone He will build His kingdom.” She then returns the gold because she too has awaited this king all her life and has nothing to give but to return her stolen gold. Then her crippled son offers his crutch as a gift and is miraculously healed. He then travels to give the baby king his crutch himself.
Then this week’s advent reading from Matthew 2:10-11, had me imagine the next part of the story with little Amahl among them… “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh…” and a worn-out, little crutch.
Oh holy night… When he appeared, the soul felt its worth.