Untier of Knots
(Painting by Johann Georg Schmittdner
of Mary, Untier of Knots / Undoer of Knots)
Eve’s disobedience tied the knot;
Mary’s obedience untied it.
Now we come with our knots –
addictions, deceptions, pretenses,
meanness, pride, greed –
and beseech Mary to teach us
the art of undoing.
Gently she takes our knotted ribbons,
one by one,
and presents them to Jesus.
And, behold, his gaze of mercy
undoes the knots one by one.