Holy Saturday: ‘Why Gather?’

WHY GATHER

for this Festival of

Pasch?

 

Why come into

this time of Passing,

over?

 

What is the meaning

of our feet

that walk together to

an ancient hill,

still new?

 

Who are these gathered people,

of this time

coming in our turn

to

Calvary?

 

Why are we standing by this

empty tomb

of ours,

and saying for the first time yet again,

that ‘He is risen!’ ?

 

Have we seen the Lord, or are we those

who wait behind our fearful doors

closed to the joy of freedom that he brings

who stands and knocks and

waits

for (with) anxious hearts ?

 

The Candle that we hold is now

our light

this night,-

for we’ve been ransomed

from our

fripparies:

the once-unbended hearts

now kneel before

our God:

 

for He has died

that we might live

and light

our busied world

with Ransomed Joy

for full-forgotten Sin.

               __________________

Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R., from www.emptifulvessels.com

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