Divine Mercy Vigil

April 11, 2010

After the “dark night”, imposed
through the will of a suffering humanity…
when composed
was an identity
I did not know–
and rejected by me as “inappropriate.”
The suffering, humiliation, and shame
of Jesus’s cross… now placed
squarely on my shoulders…
was as His–a sign on the cross with His identity.
This was a burden I didn’t want…
at that time. I had read the control
Jesus had over the storm
of His Passion… no spoken complaint,
only tears for the survivors
in the brave words of Fr. Raymond Brown–
writing in “The Death of the Messiah”…
the LOVE exponentially-shown
to the women and St. John
What puny attributes
we have in the face of such gravity;
the world shook in trembling…
displaying its reverent awe. See
my anger blaze
at the denigration of the power
of Christ’s Sacraments! Save
us, O Lord, from the heat engendered
by our iniquities… the fire
only becomes more and more fierce
when attempted is its denial.
Why do we think we can avoid
the suffering necessary for our bettering;
we cannot exist without challenge
our incapacities and labor
without sacrificing the divine human nature.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy
on me,
a sinner!


4 Responses to “Divine Mercy Vigil”

  1. evanscove Says:

    Did you write this poem yourself? It’s very good!

    And it’s right on target. Probably one of the hardest lessons for us to learn is the inevitability as well as necessity of suffering in this life. I’m still struggling to learn it!

    I too pray (very frequently!), “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

    • Dear “evanscove”, thank you for your moving resposes… I am a published and imprimatur’d poet/author. All blog posts were written by me.
      Yes, the lesson of “take up your cross and follow me” is the mission of the Christian–and lesson for the world to see Jesus (as they do, whether they know it or not). This lesson, so anti-natural response to suffering, is so difficult–even Jesus sweat blood in fearful anticipation (although, of course, what he faced was bearing the sins of the world–the atoning sacrifice for all of us by God)… we, too, however, can join Him in the atoning–if we allow it (St. Paul’s words that we can “make up what was missing in Christ’s suffering!–if there is such a thing…”) Then, and only then are we given the strength and grace to live out whatever happens to us on Earth… most of the time we do not face it until our deaths… but the great masses of people on Earth are facing it right now–often without the knowledge of this incredible LOVE! O death! Where is thy sting! O grave, where is thy victory? Peace be with you, my friend. “May His face shine upon you can give you peace.” LCC

  2. evanscove Says:

    You’ve even gotten an imprimatur? I’m impressed! 🙂

    Yes, as our pastor said not long ago in a homily, the greatest tragedy is not people dying of natural disasters or facing injustice; rather, the greatest tragedy is for people to die without Christ.



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