Friday, March 29, 2013

Holy Week: Good Friday

"Crucify him!" they shouted.
"Why? What crime has he comitted?" asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder,
"Crucify him!"
Mary Speaks:

O you who bear the pain of the whole earth,
I bore you.
O you whose tears give human tears their worth,
            I laughed with you.
You, who, when your hem is touched, give power,
            I nourished you.
Who turn the day to night in this dark hour,
            light comes from you.
O you who hold the world in your embrace,
            I carried you.
Whose arms encircled the world with your grace,
            I once held you.
O you who laughed and ate and walked the shore,
            I played with you.
And I, who with all the others, you died for,
            now I hold you.

May I be faithful to this final test:
in this last time I hold my child, my son,
his body close enfolded to my breast,
the holder held: the bearer borne.
Mourning to joy: darkness to morn.
Open, my arms: your work is done.

(photo credit)

(Madeleine L'Engle)

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