Easter 2020 (Malcolm Guite)

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De Verrijzenis door Aernout Vinckenborgh, ca. 1618

 

Easter 2020 (Malcolm Guite)

And where is Jesus, this strange Easter day?
Not lost in our locked churches, anymore
Than he was sealed in that dark sepulchre.
The locks are loosed; the stone is rolled away,
And he is up and risen, long before,
Alive, at large, and making his strong way
Into the world he gave his life to save,
No need to seek him in his empty grave.

He might have been a wafer in the hands
Of priests this day, or music from the lips
Of red-robed choristers, instead he slips
Away from church, shakes off our linen bands
To don his apron with a nurse: he grips
And lifts a stretcher, soothes with gentle hands
The frail flesh of the dying, gives them hope,
Breathes with the breathless, lends them strength to cope.

On Thursday we applauded, for he came
And served us in a thousand names and faces
Mopping our sickroom floors and catching traces
Of that corona which was death to him:
Good Friday happened in a thousand places
Where Jesus held the helpless, died with them
That they might share his Easter in their need,
Now they are risen with him, risen indeed.

 

Malcolm Guite (Ibanda, 12 november 1957)
Oritamefa Baptist Church in Ibadan, Nigeria, de geboorteplaats van Malcolm Guite

 

Zie voor nog meer schrijvers van de 4e april ook mijn blog van 4 april 2020 en eveneens mijn blog van 4 april 2019 en ook mijn blog van 4 april 2017 en ook mijn blog van 4 april 2015 deel 2.