Faith of Our Fathers . . .


(for Gerry Kennedy)


living still:

David, king and chosen,

hurls his weeping

across his lifeless victory:

O Absalom, my son, my son!


living still:

Job, just and righteous,

magnet of bad news,

swept out ever more to sea

by successive tsunamis

barely floats on his scrap of ashes:

I alone have escaped to tell you.


living still:

Jacob, old and starving,

brought up to Egypt

out of famine,

pulls his youngest

from the bloodied mouth

of a chimera:

I must go and see him before I die.


Faith of our fathers

living still

in hearts tumultuous

in veins all tangled up

still living

thanks to undying love.

Greg Kennedy, SJ is assigned to the spiritual exercises ministry at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario.

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