• lenten journal: layers

    by  • March 26, 2015 • communion, community, food, lenten journal, poetry • 3 Comments

    we gathered for dinner on
    this penultimate thursday
    because this is the night that
    we eat dinner together
    for no other reason than
    we eat dinner together.

    fourteen around the table—
    a couple more than were there
    the night Jesus broke the bread,
    poured the wine and spilt his love
    all over his friends, hoping
    they would see beyond the dark.

    they went out to the mount of
    olives; our friends stayed awhile,
    finished their wine and stories;
    then they rose a little more
    healed and alive, and went forth
    from the porch into the night.

    as we washed the last dishes,
    recounted conversations,
    and put up the leftovers
    I wondered who came to clean the
    upper room, and what they made
    of the scattered crusts and cups.

    the archaeology of
    friendship and faith reveals
    layers of our gathering
    and grief, our hopefulness and
    heartache, that go as far back
    as the stories and suppers,

    let us set the table for
    those who will follow and take
    their places for supper;
    whether the first or last meal,
    the table has been prepared—
    oh, come, all is now ready.

    Peace,
    Milton

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    3 Responses to lenten journal: layers

    1. Suzanne Cate
      March 27, 2015 at 1:31 am

      Amen.

    2. March 27, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      Why am I weeping? Thank you.

    3. Judith Woelke
      March 30, 2015 at 9:34 am

      My heart grew while reading this. Maundy Thursday will never be the same for me-this colors my whole understanding. Thank you

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