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Sep 14: Day by Day with Father Bill

FEAST OF THE EXULTATION OF THE CROSS

 
Here are two reflections from Ann Weems’ Kneeling in Jerusalem:
 
I.
The sky peels back to purple
   and the thunder slaps the thighs of heaven
and all the tears of those who grieve
   fly up to clouds and are released
and drench the earth.
The ones who see and hear
      know
   that all is lost.
The only one named Savior 
      died
   upon a cross.
The ones who believed and loved
   huddle together
      stunned.
All night long
   the angels weep.
 
II.
The pilgrims sit on the 
   steps of death.
Undanced,
   the music ends.
Only the children remember
   that tomorrow’s stars
      are not yet out.
 
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