Entering The Triduum 2021

Source: The Scotsman.com
 “WASH YOUR HANDS”,
 Public Health commands,”
 OFTEN AND SAVE LIVES”
 
 We do. Or try,
 seizing the bar of soap
 that sometimes slips our grasp
 then slides around the sink
 in a brief escape to nowhere.
 
 Then along tonight comes another voice
 that speaks with authority
 saying nothing
 but lifts our palms to mouth
 then breaths on them
 and fills our minds with lavender.
 
 We see the words years before we hear them;
 dreamy lightning miles ahead
 of the hammer-blow of thunder struck.
 Words the shape of a pottered cup
 clean inside, outside dirty.
 Words stripped down on knees
 pouring ablutions on our hearts
 and drying them with a towel
 tied around a waist.
 Silent words speaking with authority
 in the flashy absence of sound
 before the crash:
 “As I have done to you,
 so you must also do.”
 WASH HANDS, SAVE LIVES
 First others’
 and thus your own.

 

Greg Kennedy, SJ is assigned to the spiritual exercises ministry at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario. Novalis will publish Greg's book - “Reupholstered Psalms” - on March 1, 2020.

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  • graeme quinlan
    Posted at 05:17h, 31 March Reply

    So very thought stimulating, so awakening of the desire to be with the Spirit, and be filled with the Holy Spirit at this very special time in the life of the Church. Reaching out to others can at times be a real challenge But this is at the heart of the celebration of the Easter mysteries. We must focus on the Love of Jesus not only at this time but in every moment and in every situation of our day to day lives. Jesus plea to us is “Do unto others as I have done unto you”.Then and only then will our hearts be truly united with that Divine Love that comes from the Heart of Jesus.

  • TEODORA S. LA MADRID
    Posted at 10:12h, 31 March Reply

    Fr. Greg, Thank you for the beautiful reflection on the ritual reenactment of the Last Supper Mass, the Liturgy of the Eucharist: The Institution of the Holy Eucharist and the ministerial priesthood which is love and service.

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