Christ is Risen!
I have all my data and files retrieved and installed on my new laptop. So once more I am able to inflict my poems on you. My “tech savvy” trusted helper patiently guided me through the installation, asking nothing in return. Such love and kindness inculcates a bond of respect.
However, I am going to miss my old keyboard, my new laptop is so sensitive to the touch! Things are different and yet the same- the same files but a new approach, a new style, a new image.
Quite recently, I met a former pupil in the city centre whom I had taught at school. He said:
“Hello sir!” I haven’t been referred to as sir for some time! I searched my memory for a name, I hardly recognised him, not simply because of his physical maturity but because he had grown in confidence from the rather shy student I began to remember. He had changed and yet he was the same- his voice deeper but with the same inflection, accent and tone. When he began to speak, I knew who he was. What a joy it was to see him and to hear his news.
In the appearances of our Lord after his resurrection, his disciples do not always recognise him. The nature of His glorious resurrected body was so different and yet the same. His resurrected body contain the wounds of the crucifixion and yet it was transformed. His voice, His words, His actions reveal his identity.
2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
John 21:4 “Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.”
The young monk stood upright head bowed in prayer.
Barefoot, he perched on rocks breathing the fresh spring air
The blue, tranquil lake lapped at his feet.
His eyes closed in mystery towards the setting sun,
Hands held aloft in reverence for the Holy One
Harmony of God and nature’s seat.
His leather holy belt hung at his waist
A sign of his ascetic labour and a taste
Of blessed Communion, Oh so sweet.
The stillness mirrored in his soul
Deep thoughts of Christ to make him whole
His heart in tandem with creation’s beat.
Here where sea and sky converge
This figure and Christ’s image merge
Earth touches heaven and for an instant meet!
To the Glory of God
“That is what the torment of hell is in my opinion: remorse. But love inebriates the souls of the sons and daughters of heaven by its delectability.”
St. Isaac the Syrian