Sunday, April 12, 2009

Whoever Jesus might have been, he most certainly did not have blonde hair or blue eyes.

I went to Easter Mass today. I was at the early show. Rise and shine at 8 AM. It was OK. As I usually do, when I find myself at church, I asked myself, "What the hell am I doing here?"

The answer, as always, was, "Being one among many."

With a hat tip to Moon of Alabama, an excellent blog on global politics, here's some poetry for Easter. Today's selection is an excerpt from Goethe's "Faust".

From the ice they are freed, the stream and brook,
By the Spring's enlivening, lovely look;
The valley's green with joys of hope;
The Winter old and weak ascends
Back to the rugged mountain slope.

From there, as he flees, he downward sends
An impotent shower of icy hail
Streaking over the verdant vale.
Ah! but the Sun will suffer no white,

Growth and formation stir everywhere,
'Twould fain with colours make all things bright,

Though in the landscape are no blossoms fair.
Instead it takes gay-decked humanity.

Now turn around and from this height,
Looking backward, townward see.

Forth from the cave-like, gloomy gate
Crowds a motley and swarming array.

Everyone suns himself gladly today.
The Risen Lord they celebrate,

For they themselves have now arisen
From lowly houses' mustiness,
From handicraft's and factory's prison,
From the roof and gables that oppress,

From the bystreets' crushing narrowness,
From the churches' venerable night,
They are all brought out into light.
See, only see, how quickly the masses
Scatter through gardens and fields remote;
How down and across the river passes
So many a merry pleasure-boat.
And over-laden, almost sinking,
The last full wherry moves away.
From yonder hill's far pathways blinking,
Flash to us colours of garments gay.

Hark! Sounds of village joy arise;
Here is the people's paradise,

Contented, great and small shout joyfully:
"Here I am Man, here dare it to be!"

I've been off work for two weeks. It's been swell. That's all over. I'll be back here sometime.

1 comment:

ib said...

What! No blond hair or blue eyes ? Hey, that's racist, dude.

I watched Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ" the other night on terrestrial tv. Rosa dragged me to the cinema one Friday night when it first raised a little controversy.

I confess I like listening to the dialogue in Aramaic. The graphic depiction of cruelty and scourging made me wince a good deal, not least because it reminded me of those countless nameless victims who continue to suffer as the result of religion and politics and human evils.

I am not an advocate of sanctioned reconciliation, although I have turned the other cheek more often than I care to admit.

Good to know you had some time off work.

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