CMP Review 2023-04-07

CMP Review 2023-04-07

April 7, 2023

Jesus’ body is taken down from the cross
by Malcolm Guite

His spirit and his life he breathes in all,
Now on this cross his body breathes no more.
Here at the centre everything is still,
Spent, and emptied, opened to the core.
A quiet taking down, a prising loose,
A cross-beam lowered like a weighing scale,
Unmaking of each thing that had its use,
A long withdrawing of each bloodied nail.
This is ground zero, emptiness and space
With nothing left to say or think or do,
But look unflinching on the sacred face
That cannot move or change or look at you.
Yet in that prising loose and letting be
He has unfastened you and set you free.

(From The Word in the Wilderness: A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter by Malcolm Guite. This poem and many others are also available at his website.)


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