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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 20 2014 1:44 PM

Seven Stanzas at Easter

Make no mistake; if He rose at all it was as His body;
if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse,
the molecules reknit,
the amino acids rekindle,
the Church will fall.

It was not as the flowers,
each soft Spring recurrent;
it was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled
eyes of the eleven apostles;
it was as His flesh: ours.

The same hinged thumbs and toes,
the same valved heart
that–pierced–died, withered, paused, and then
regathered out of enduring might
new strength to enclose.

Let us not mock God with metaphor,
analogy, sidestepping, transcendence;
making of the event a parable, a sign painted
in the faded credulity of earlier ages;
let us walk through the door.

The stone is rolled back, not papier-mâché,
not a stone in a story,
but the vast rock of materiality that in the slow
grinding of time will eclipse for each of us
the wide light of day.

And if we will have an angel at the tomb,
make it a real angel
weighty with Max Planck's quanta, vivid with hair,
opaque in the dawn light,
robed in real linen spun on a definite loom.

Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,
for our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,
lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are
embarrassed by the miracle
and crushed by remonstrance.

  -- John Updike 

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Ted Weis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 20 2014 5:04 PM

Powerful Updike

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 20 2014 10:23 PM

An Easter gift for you all. My brass quintet playing "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" with organ, at our rehearsal for this morning's service:

http://www.screencast.com/t/oyAv1jIJ3Fy 

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Apr 21 2014 1:43 AM

Ted Weis:

Powerful Updike

Definitely. 

Wow.

Thanks Rosie for sharing!

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Milford Charles Murray | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Apr 21 2014 5:31 AM

ἦλθεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς καὶ ἔστη εἰς τὸ μέσον καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· εἰρήνη ὑμῖν.

I joyfully "echo" Brother Mick!

*smile*

 

NB.Mick:

Ted Weis:

Powerful Updike

Definitely. 

Wow.

Thanks Rosie for sharing!

Philippians 4:  4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand..........

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