He trembles when he touches us

by Heather on April 14, 2014

As I’m researching for my book project, I have been going through old journals. I just found this entry from September 1996, and it made me shiver. I thought it was a good thing to share for Holy Week. Thank you, younger version of me.

Mark 14

Just days ago we paraded in the sun
He up on the donkey
and crowds around us.
Then I understood why I  felt drawn to him.
The sacrifices I had made
were bearing fruit–
My pruned tree of a life
showed green on each bough’s  tip.
But today, it’s as if he has caught
the scent of evil in the air–
and he smells it on each one of us.
I woke him this morning
and he started as if tortured
by hellish dreams.
When we gathered tonight for dinner
I expected a celebration of freedom
but he acted like a condemned man,
spoke of blood, bodies and betrayal.
Now, he leaves us to pray
and tells us to watch
and trembles when he touches us.
What are we to watch for?
Why are we on this mountain?
And where has Judas disappeared to?

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I hope this Lenten season and Holy Week are filled with grace and peace and deep love for you. I’m taking this week and next off from writing. Happy Easter!

Image credit: Phil Roussin

 

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