I Am the Bread of Life (Malcolm Guite)

Bij de 18e zondag door het jaar

 

 
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread door Vicente Manansala, 1981

 

I Am the Bread of Life

John 6:35. Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Where to get bread? An ever-pressing question
That trembles on the lips of anxious mothers,
Bread for their families, bread for all these others;
A whole world on the margin of exhaustion.
And where that hunger has been satisfied
Where to get bread? The question still returns
In our abundance something starves and yearns
We crave fulfillment, crave and are denied.

And then comes One who speaks into our needs
Who opens out the secret hopes we cherish
Whose presence calls our hidden hearts to flourish
Whose words unfold in us like living seeds
Come to me, broken, hungry, incomplete,
I Am the Bread of Life, break Me and eat.

 

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

 

Zie voor de schrijvers van de 5e augustus ook mijn blog van 5 augustus 2016 deel 1 en deel 2.

Love’s Choice (Malcolm Guite)

 

Bij Sacramentsdag

 

 
La Bénédiction des blés dans l’Artois door Jean Breton, 1857


Love’s Choice

This bread is light, dissolving, almost air,
A little visitation on my tongue,
A wafer-thin sensation, hardly there.
This taste of wine is brief in flavour, flung
A moment to the palate’s roof and fled,
Even its aftertaste a memory.
Yet this is how He comes. Through wine and bread
Love chooses to be emptied into me.

He does not come in unimagined light
Too bright to be denied, too absolute
For consciousness, too strong for sight,
Leaving the seer blind, the poet mute;
Chooses instead to seep into each sense,
To dye himself into experience.


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

 

Zie voor de schrijvers van de 31e mei ook mijn vorige blog van vandaag.