A Never-Ending Ocean

A Never-ending Ocean

“A never-ending ocean, bottomless and shoreless”,-
his passion and his dying,
instead of us,
for us.
‘Ours…he was bearing.’ (‘bearting’)*
‘Ours…he was carrying’
‘for our rebellions…’
‘because of our guilt’
‘We’ replaced by ‘He’
‘Us’ replaced by ‘Him’:

Who can fathom this bottomless ocean?
I stand on the shore of a shoreless sea,
dip my soul as if my toe;-
who can fathom the heart of God,
crushed?

He ‘became sin’:
the Holiness of Holiness
is ‘transformed’ into Sin,
that I and we and you
be transformed into ( a pure gift!)
Holiness, – the Holy of Him
who is the Holy One.

Steeped to my every fibre,-
it has been done!
Now will I follow in
to where Sin is no longer Sin
in me, because of
Him.

He took it, he became it, -it crushed his
Man-God heart to flour, grounded,
that I might eat new bread, new grace,
baked in the heat of the Cross,
and broken now, like Him, for all, for me.

I cannot fathom,
but I will eat no less.

(on reading R. Cantalamessa “Life in the Lordship of Christ”, Chapter 4)

*’bearting’ derives from the Irish word ‘beart’, a bundle you carry on your back.

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