The season of Lent is a forty-day period mirroring Jesus' forty days of temptation in the wilderness. During this time, participants devote special attention to ... Read More
For Lent this season, our friend Andrew Roycroft (pastor and poet from Northern Ireland) has adopted the medieval practice of writing thirty-three poems, each thirty-three words long—one word for each year of Jesus’ life. Together, they form a constellation of commentary on the Gospel of John. To begin Lent last week, we shared with you the first two. Each week until Easter we will share more—here are poems III and IV.
“When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.'”
The last drunk wedding dregs
seem an unlikely place
to set a sign,
but such wine bloodied waters
will make glad the hearts of all
the ripe glory of this Vine.
“Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.'”
And so this fabric
will come asunder,
yield to deconstruction,
unravel all that was
so skillfully knit in conception;
a frail, torn down house,
whose ruin hints at hope
beyond its tattered veil.