Ash Wednesday… the start of our journey

(The image of Jesus Christ as Clown is very ancient, and is found in art, eg. by George Rouault, a French artist of the 1930’s. Jesus is ridiculed, but remains silent, is laughed at but remains serene. And still is.)

STILL CLOWNING AROUND!
What are the teachings of this
Clown of mine,
that I should weave into
the warp and woof of life?
What is His foolishness that
now is wise?

-’Find happiness in clarity of heart?
-Find fullness in the empty of this spirit?
-Find wealth unknown in gentleness?
-Have hunger in my heart for uprightness?
-Make way for weakness in the ones
with me?
-Create a bridge of peace in brokenness?

Take stick and sticks
until they form a cross,-
be freely nailed on ridicule,

then laugh
until the light arises in the dawn
and then they well may ask:
‘Who are these clowns?’ -
or some day they
may come
and gaze into the mirror
of this Cross,
and see their call to be
the Guilty-Now-Forgiven  Welcomed Ones!

Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R.

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