It’s Monday of Holy Week. I’m walking with Jesus as best I can toward the cross and toward the celebration of Easter. This year I’m walking with members of the congregation who are suffering, in great pain, sick, dying people, trying the best I can to be with them fully in ways that, by the grace of God, might help. This is not head stuff. It’s heart stuff. I get tangled in my head too often. I open the morning email. There’s this double acrostic poem from my old friend Steve Shoemaker, the 6’8″ and shrinking Ph.D. kite-flyer theologian and poet. Thank you, Steve.EASTER MORNING
Either Jesus really did rise or
All his followers made up the worst
Series of lies in history… Poor
Thomas certainly was right to doubt
Even after hearing tales: what four
Reached the tomb (or five?) Who saw him first?
Matthew says two women, Mark says three;
Or was it just one, as said by John?
Reports of what eye-witnesses can see
Never can be trusted. Luke said one
In the road joined two who could not see–
Not until he broke the bread… No one
Got the story straight! Conspiracy?
Even grade school kids could do as well.
And Luke throws in Peter saw him too–
Somewhere unreported… Who could tell
That this jumble of accounts could do
Enough to give faith and hope to all.
Resurrection? Who could think it true?
Maybe just the simple: those whose eyes
Open to the light through grief, through tears…
Reminded of love, of truth, of grace…
Needing to be fed, hands out for bread…
Inspired by the scriptures, in whose head
Grow visions: life can come from the dead.
I’m adding this visual: “Disciples John and Peter on their way to the tomb”:
Disciples John and Peter Run to the Tomb
Burnand, Eugène, 1850-1921. Disciples John and Peter on their way to the tomb on Easter morning, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55038 [retrieved April 2, 2012].
Steve and I would love to hear your reflections and responses to Steve’s poem or Burnand’s painting. Thanks for coming by.