The Wondrous Gift (Eu-Charis)
The Mystery of faith is wafer thin, and vast with the Wonder of the One Who Is, -'I am who am'- within this crumb of bread. To stand, to hold 'Amen!' to mystery so close and far beyond. I cannot grasp, I cannot shape the edges of this truth. I'll stand, I'll kneel, I'll bow in adoration and I'll take what's offered me to take,- this Man-God Christ. 'O Sacrum Convivium' is how I'll smile, 'Panis Angelicus' is what I'll hold. And we, this wondrous We, that now we are, this Jesus that we are by his kind gift,- will hold each one and all in raptured gaze,- 'Behold the One(s) whom we are crucifying' Then we will rise and eat and laugh, we'll wash the feet of those who smell the worst, offend our cultured taste,.- and then will stand and serve the food to them,- to him who makes us Him in truth and gathers us.
(In Greek, Eu is good, or wonderful, and Charis means Gift. Even in today’s Greek, Eucharisto means Thank You!)
From collection of poems by Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R., www.emptifulvessels.com
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