Sunday, April 8, 2012

Mary Magdala's Easter Prayer

I never suspected
     Resurrection
          and to be so painful
to leave me weeping
With Joy
          to have met you, alive and smiling, outside an empty
     tomb
With regret
not because I've lost you
but because I've lost you in how I had you --
     in understandable, touchable, kissable, clingable
          flesh
          not as fully Lord, but as graspably human.

I want to cling, despite your protest
     cling to your body
cling to your, and my, clingable humanity
cling to what we had, our past.

But I know that ... if I cling
you cannot ascend and
I will be left clinging to your former self
... unable to receive your present spirit

from "Forgotten Among the Lilies" by Ronald Rolheiser

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