Christmas 1 - Year C
First be swaddled with compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, and patient discipline.
First swaddle others with compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, and patient discipline.
Yes, that is two "first's". Most of us will find one first will takes priority over the other. Some can't give until they receive. Others can't receive until they give. We can get to both from either direction. Enjoy your process.
With verse 12 under our belts, we can leave the following redundancies to themselves and not get caught up in the subsequent "oughts".
It's good to know that this way of living can come out of a doo-doo manger mess or an event in your life today. Whether echoing from long ago and far away or brightly singing forth in this new moment, swaddle and be swaddled.