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Fr Leo Silke SMA, RIP

Funeral Mass for Fr Leo Silke SMA will take place at 12 noon on Monday, 19 April. Due to government restrictions it is strictly private. Click here Parish Webcam to join in the celebration of the Mass.

The Irish Province of the Society of African Missions (SMA) is mourning the death of their oldest member, Fr Leo Silke, which took place on Friday evening, 16 April 2021, in the St Theresa’s Nursing Unit, SMA House, Blackrock Road, Cork.

Fr Leo, a native of Borris, Co Carlow, was 93 last February and had served 33 years as a missionary in the then Diocese of Jos in Nigeria when serious ill health forced his departure from Africa. After recovering from surgery he ministered for 18 more years in the Archdiocese of Westminster, London, England. From 2005 until 2020, he had an active retirement in the SMA House, Wilton, Cork. In November last year, advancing ill health required that he move to the SMA Nursing Unit in Blackrock Road where he died peacefully with nursing staff and some of the SMA community at his side.

The son of the late Michael and Teresa (Née McGoldrick) Silke, Leo was one of a family of seven. His sister Mona and brothers Desmond, Brendan, Donal, Vincent and Declan all predeceased him. He attended primary school in Borris and for his secondary schooling he attended St Joseph’s Academy, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow (1941-’46).

Leo studied for the SMA at their Probation Hosue in Kilcolgan, Co Galway and in the African Missions Major seminary at Deomantine, Newry, Co Down. During his years in the seminary, Leo was a noted handball player. He was ordained in Newry Cathedral by the Bishop of Dromore, Bishop Eugene O’Doherty, on 18 June 1952. Four months later he was one of the first SMA priests to fly into Kano Airport in the north of Nigeria. Up to that time, SMAs travelled from Liverpool by boat to their missions in West Africa. For the next 33 years, he served in what is now the Archdiocese of Jos in Plateau State.

In 2002, while celebrating the Golden Jubilee of his Priestly Ordination, Fr Leo traced his vocation, first of all, to his parents and siblings, all of whom have predeceased him. He also made reference to his first contact with the SMA: “Fr Tom Lennon SMA lived three doors away from me and Fr Tom Gorman lived two doors away.” I’m sure they are all now reunited in their heavenly home.

A more complete Obituary will be published in due course.

Funeral arrangements: In accordance with Government Covid-19 regulations, Fr Leo’s Funeral Mass will be strictly private.

Rejoice, the Lord has truly Risen! Alleluia!

May Fr Leo rest in peace!

3rd Sunday of Easter 2021 – Year B

THE RISEN JESUS APPEARS TO HIS APOSTLES - CC

18 April 2021

Witnesses to the Peace of the Risen Christ

Acts 3:13-15, 17 – 19;          1 John 2:1-5a;          Luke 24:35-48

During the weeks after Easter, the eyes of Christians turn to a rough-hewn doorway that leads into an empty tomb. Rolled to one side is a huge boulder that was meant to bar the way and make the tomb impregnable. Now that sealed tomb is forever open! Not far away from that empty tomb, among a network of narrow streets in Jerusalem,  is a house with the door bolted – a ‘safe house’ where the disciples of Jesus were hiding for fear of being arrested and killed like their master.

It is easy for us today to identify with the feelings of the quarantined disciples of Jesus. ‘Locked in’ captures the condition of many people in our world today. We think of the many victims of poverty, oppression and discrimination, trafficking, those confined by sickness or disability, those walled behind prisons of anger and fear, those caught in the insidious web of depression, unable to find an exit. We count ourselves among the millions reluctantly enduring an enforced quarantine for fear of a relentless Covid 19 pandemic that continues to hold us captive.

Today’s gospel speaks powerfully to all who find themselves locked in, either physically or psychologically. The ‘locked in’ disciples have a visitor. Their Master, now risen, comes to them in their place of hiding, behind closed doors. As recounted by Luke, it is while the two disciples, who had met the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus, are telling their companions about their encounter that ‘Jesus himself stood among them and said Peace be with you”’ (Lk 24:37). They can’t believe the evidence of their eyes and think they are seeing a ghost. Even when Jesus shows them the marks of his passion on his flesh, they remain dumbfounded. They even forget their manners! He has to ask them for something to eat. The passage ends with Jesus opening their minds to the meaning of the Scriptures and commissioning them to be be his witnesses to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

We note how the Risen Christ gradually breaks through, not merely the physical barrier of their hiding place, but the much greater psychological barriers of their fears, doubts, guilt and confusion with his assuring presence, his gift of peace, his empowering words and his commissioning of them to be his witnesses. It is the same way that our Risen Lord breaks through the barriers that continue to hold us captive today, whether they be barriers created by others or barriers of our own making. And he, likewise, empowers us with his presence and peace and commissions us to be his witnesses and to share his peace with all peoples.

We may ask: What is this gift of peace that Christ gives us and that empowers us to be his witnesses? It is, first of all, an enduring serenity of spirit, even in the midst of danger and uncertainty, a serenity based on the victory of Christ over all the powers of darkness and evil in the world. It is a serenity that comes from knowing that, as St Paul reminds us, nothing can now separate us from the love of God manifest in Christ. It is the fruit of God’s Spirit at work among us. It signifies, not merely the absence of those things that keep us locked behind closed doors, but the full presence of harmony and integrity in our personal lives, in society, and in the created world. It implies wholeness, being fully healed so that we are ‘at one’ with God, with self, with others, and with all created things. It is the consummation of the marriage of heaven and earth. And it is this gift we are called and commissioned to share with all nations. Indeed, we cannot help but share it when we have experienced it.

I end with a short poem by the Anglican theologian and poet, John V Taylor, in which he describes the great missionary challenge of the Risen Christ to his disciples:

‘This is the visitor who has come to stay,
This city, the kingdom he will not surrender.
Cut through the cords of your own cowardice,
then out once more with him, if eyes can bear
the blinding sunlight of the third morning;
take up the quarrel of his undying truth
in the give and take of the streets, the cut and thrust
of this tempestuous marriage of earth and heaven
which human will can never put asunder.’

Today’s gospel challenges us to cut through ‘the cords’’ of our fears and hesitations and go out with our Risen Lord into ‘the blinding sunlight of the third morning’ to take up again ‘the quarrel of his undying truth’.

Let us pray
Compassionate and loving Lord, you promised to leave us your peace, a peace unlike that which the world offers to us.  Father, lead us all to that peace.  Help us to trust in your living word and to do what you ask of us.  Grant us a confident faith – one that looks to the light rather than at the darkness – one that dares to enter the turmoil of the world – knowing that you are making the world new. Amen.

Fr Michael McCabe SMA, April 2021

Easter in Kolowaré, Togo

Easter 2021! A special and memorable day. In front of our church in Kolowaré we have two new “washbasins”, the latest type, commonly known as Veronica buckets [see picture]. Two people can use each one at the same time. And hold on tight: “gift from Pope Francis” is marked on them. The Sokodé diocesan Caritas-OCDI presented a project to Rome, who responded favourably.

Thus, several parishes were able to benefit from basins, to help protect themselves from Covid. Here in Kolowaré, we provided 300 masks and a box of soap for the parishioners. A beautiful gesture of communion with our diocese. And we all celebrated! Easter Sunday Mass began with a solemn procession with gifts (food etc.) which the people donated and which the Parish Council distributed after the celebration, with special attention to the most disadvantaged. After the Mass we had a village ‘lunch’ for everyone, including our special guests, those young adults and others who were baptized at the Easter Vigil.

Care of the most vulnerable
The Kolowaré health centre has been caring for HIV-positive patients for years, with particular attention to children, young people and their families, or rather the extended family. Because, often these patients are all related.

The Centre brings them together, several times a year, for 10-day sessions at a time; to control the disease, provide them with adequate food and care, enabling them to live together, to socialize. Given the attention, seriousness, and commitment that the Centre has taken for years towards these patients, the Kindermissionwerk, an NGO connected to the Catholic Church in Germany, recently offered its support with a team of specialists to support these vulnerable young people and their families. Their programme, which will last for two years at a time, was launched in January and after a break-in, it is now fully operational. They are covering the salaries etc. for a number of staff, including four nurses (two women and two men) and a psychologist.

Yadé Village
On Easter Wednesday, 7 April 2021, with my diocesan assistant, Father Bruno Espoir, Iroko (the manager of the company who does our boreholes and wells) and Father Raphaël Tchassiwa SMA, parish priest of Tchébébé, we travelled to Yadé, his village of origin, about a hundred kilometers from Kolowaré. On the way we called to greet Father Alexis Bassoma SMA, PP of Awangelo, and the Catechist Sisters in Yadé. We then left the tarred road to take a track in the middle of the woods before arriving at the village. One big family was there to welcome us, father, mother, uncles and a large group of children. The village had asked for a well. And we had come to finalize the project. Since there is electricity in the village, we will make a borehole, with a submerged pump which will bring the water to a water tower, from which the water will descend to a tank with taps to draw water. Before leaving, they offer us a chicken.

Oasis of love
On the way back, we stopped at Amaoudè to visit the new Centre that cares for the mentally ill. I was there ten years ago, when they needed our help to get a well. The project was at its beginnings, and everything had to be built. Thanks to the help of an Italian NGO, Novara Centre, a borehole was dug and a water tower constructed. The Italian Bishops’ Conference then built the Centre, which is named: Oasis of love.

The centre accommodates 120 patients, under the direction of Sister Rolande. She showed us around the different sections: women, men, workshops, leisure space, a chapel. Iroko then takes us to see the borehole and water tower he constructed all those years ago! Still active and operational.

Before leaving we leave a little gift at the Centre: the chicken received at Yadé!

Fr Silvano Galli SMA (Italian SMA)

Fr Don Burke SMA – Funeral Homily

Fr Don Burke SMA : 1933 - 2021

Homily at the Funeral Service for the late Fr Daniel (Don) Burke SMA
Good Friday, 2 April 2021 – St Joseph’s SMA Church, Wilton, Cork

Fr Don Burke SMA died peacefully in St Theresa’s Nursing Unit at the SMA House, Blackrock Road, Cork, on the evening of Spy Wednesday, 31 March 2021. He celebrated his 88th birthday on 4 March last. Following reposing in the Community Chapel, his remains were brought to St Joseph’s SMA Church, Wilton, on Good Friday morning for a Funeral Service followed by burial in the adjoining SMA cemetery. As it is not permitted to celebrate Mass on Good Friday, a Service of the Word was led by the SMA Provincial Superior, Fr Malachy Flanagan. Miss Niamh Roe provided music for the Service.

The following is an edited version of the homily delivered by Fr Anthony Kelly, SMA Provincial Councillor.

Isaiah 61:1-3          Romans 6:3-4, 8-9          Mark 15:33-39

Don Burke was in the 60th year of his Priesthood in the Society of African Missions (SMA) when he died last Wednesday evening.

His life as a missionary priest can be divided into 4 parts: 22 years in Nigeria; 9 years in Poland; 18 years in Zambia and 9 years in retirement in Cork. His retirement included a short period in our SMA Parish Walthamstow in London. Don and I lived and worked together in Zambia so I knew him well from that period of his life.

I had many a good argument with Don, and from what I hear I was not the only one. But we always got over them quickly.

I often wondered why he had such rows or arguments. I think the main reason was because Don was so passionate about things. When he got something into his head he kept at it until he made it work out. A very important thing about those rows was that they didn’t last long. Don didn’t keep grudges. Usually we had our row in the morning and by lunchtime it was all over as if nothing had happened.

Don Burke who was born in Waterford in 1933. After his Leaving Cert he has spent almost four years working with the ESB in his native Waterford. Answering the Call to priesthood, following in the steps of his brother Fr Maurice (Mossie), Don entered the SMA Novitiate at Cloughballymore, Co Galway in September 1955, at the age of 22.

Having completed his Philosophy and Theology studies in the SMA major seminary at Dromantine, Newry, he was ordained on 10 December 1961.

Nigeria: Dons’ first mission appointment was to Lagos in 1962 where he served for more than 22 years. He served initially in Mushin and Shomolu. Both Mushin and Shomolu were very poor areas, and Don was quickly exposed to the extreme poverty of the people and the social problems. The major problem was the large numbers of unemployed youths who had come from rural areas without any skills looking for non-existent jobs. In response to this situation, Don established what became known as Boys Town to help train these youth in various skills. Carpentry, plumbing, farming and enable them to integrate back into their communities with a trade. Don is best known in Lagos for this pioneering work with Boys Town, Ipaja.

Don had a great command of the Yoruba language and his nickname among the youth was Fr ‘Olufemi’ Burke. Olufemi means ‘God Loves me’.

Today’s first Reading from Isaiah give us a glimpse of the motivation behind Dons’ life as a missionary priest as he tried to serve the poor. We know that it was this same passage that Jesus quoted from when he gave us his manifesto at the beginning of his public ministry

‘The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because Yahweh has anointed me to bring good news to the poor’.

When we reflect on the missionary life of Don Burke we see that he truly lived out that reading. His main focus was to bring Good news to the Poor and freedom through skills and education. This he did also in Zambia.

Poland: In spite of all the good work Don was doing in Lagos for the poor, he was approached by the SMA Superior General in Rome – in 1984 – to be part of an international team to begin the task for re-establishing the SMA in Poland. Don went about learning a new language and had to adapt to living under the constraints of the communist regime. Again, Don had great energy and zeal for this important work and set about recruiting students for missionary priesthood with the SMA. He did not take any short cuts or easy route for this demanding work. He is known for his involvement in the pilgrimage walks to the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa a journey which could take up to three weeks to complete where he mingled with thousands of catholic youth as they gave expression to their faith. Don also acquired a nickname in Polish – Kazik – which referred to St Casimir, on whose feast day (4 March), Don was born.

The SMA Polish Province bears testament to his dedication and witness. Today there are Polish SMA priests serving as missionaries in Central Africa. Egypt, Morocco Tanzania, Togo and other African countries. The legacy of Fr Don Burke lives on and expanded to those countries who will have a priest today – Good Friday 2021 – to celebrate the Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies. 

Zambia: It was only when I went to Zambia that I got to know Don. For 18 years. he served the people faithfully in the diocese of Ndola. For the most part he spent his time serving the poor in a place called Chipolokusu, a very deprived area on the outskirts of Ndola where people had no education opportunity nor heath care facilities. He built a school without any walls but had an unusual design that the roof came to within a few feet of the ground. He also served as Vocations Director, chaplain to the hospital and to several educational establishments: Chiwala Boy’s secondary school, Ndola Technical college, and the Nurses Training College. Gradually, Don handed responsibility for these chaplaincies to me, along with a large amount of printed material on being a Christian. He had written pamphlets and booklets on such diverse topics as Living our Baptismal calling, Purgatory, The Sacraments, Pornography, Women in Church, Dreams, just to mention a few of the 100 plus texts he authored. Don’s course in Secretarial studies, while with the ESB, stood him in good stead in Africa as he produced a lot of very useful pamphlets explaining the Faith.

Don lived a very balanced life. He used visit different religious houses one each night of the week, including the Sacred Heart Sisters, the Missionaries of Africa (popularly known as the ‘White Fathers’, not forgetting the Bishop’s House. He swam regularly and played tennis. Nothing gave him more pleasure that beating the members of the Friends of Africa (FOA) who lived with him at Tennis, mindful of the fact that Don was in his 60’s and the FOA volunteers were in their 20’s. It amazed them that he was so fit for his age. He also entertained us with his jokes at various parties and no half measures. Don always brought his sound system so that we could hear every word! Every morning, at 6am, Don was doing his daily exercises on the veranda. I always admired his enthusiasm and his passion for his work. Each weekday morning, he left the house at 8.45 to travel to the school in Chipolokusu and be back at 12.30 for a time to relax before lunch and then, after Siesta, back to lock up the school and continue for his game of tennis. That balanced life was what contributed to his long and healthy life, as well as the Cinnamon and spices he added to his porridge! He had reached 88 years before he was confined to bed, less than two weeks before he died.

Retirement: After a short period in the SMA parish in Walthamstow, London, Don moved into a very active retirement, getting involved in many programmes happening in SMA Wilton community and in the Parish Centre. He also took part in the outings organized by the Local Senior Citizens group which he very much enjoyed. In January this year, due to failing health, he transferred to the St Theresa’s Nursing Unit in SMA Blackrock Road where he received nursing care from our very dedicated and loyal staff.

Todays 2nd reading shows us that all of us are united to Christ in and through our Baptism. As we celebrate today – God Friday – Christ’s victory over death we are celebrating the life and priesthood of Don Burke.  Directly he influenced so many people in his life as a missionary and led them to Christ, and that legacy is living on today in those parishes where Don served and where the Polish priests he recruited are serving. For them and for all of us we have a new and deeper relationship with Christ as we share in his Death and Resurrection.

It is fitting that today Good Friday we have the Gospel reading which describes the last moments of Jesus’ life. The cross on which Jesus died had two beams one vertical pointing to the heavens and one horizontal reminding us that Jesus reconciles all people with God and with each other through his cross and Resurrection. Jesus gave up his life on the Cross because of his great Love for you and me. Don Burke is now enjoying that new life brought about by the Death and Resurrection of Jesus while you and I can look forward to it.

Whenever Don came with a problem he had them written out in a list. I share with you a quotation from our Founder, Venerable (Bishop) de Marion Brésillac, in a retreat to his priests in Coimbatore Vicariate, India: “Let us sit with Jesus… he will explain everything to us… It is a time to give an account of our behaviour and preaching. He will listen to the story of our success and failures, he will overlook our faults and pardon them and love us with his Compassion”. Today, Don Burke is sitting before the face of Jesus.

We can be sure that today, as he sits with Jesus, Don will also have a list. My image of Don now is that he is sitting there before the Lord with a long list and I am confident that he is interceding for you and me as I am sure we are on his list, together with his family members and all the people he served as a missionary priest with the SMA. He is interceding for us. May his gentle soul rest in Peace.

Fr Anthony Kelly SMA, Provincial Councillor, 2 April 2021

SMA NEWS – April 2021

Welcome to the latest edition of the monthly SMA News.  Each month this international programme reports on SMA events and activities from around the world.  It is coordinated by the SMA International Media Centre in Rome and is produced in both French and English.  The English version of the Programme is edited and produced here in Ireland by Mr Paul O Flynn and narrated by Fr John Dunne SMA. 

This edition contains reports from SMA’s working in Liberia, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  It also reports of the recent visit of Fr Antonio Porcellato,the SMA Superior General to D R Congo. 

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Liberia:  A report about the work and ministry of Fr Garry Jenkins SMA with blind people in Bomi County.

Tanzania: News of the Tanga Project supporting Albino young people in Mwanza.

D R Congo: A story about life in an SMA Formation House celebrating 25 years since its foundation.

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“He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him”

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Pope Francis’ homily at Easter Vigil Mass: Full text
April 3, 2021

The women thought they would find a body to anoint; instead they found an empty tomb. They went to mourn the dead; instead they heard a proclamation of life. For this reason, the Gospel tells us, the women “were seized with trembling and amazement” (Mk 16:8). Amazement. A fear mingled with joy that took their hearts by surprise when they saw the great stone before the tomb rolled away and inside a young man in a white robe. 

Wonder at hearing the words: “Do not be afraid! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen” (v. 6). And a message: “He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him” (v. 7). May we too accept this message, the message of Easter. Let us go to Galilee, where the Risen Lord has gone ahead of us. Yet what does it mean “to go to Galilee”?

To go to Galilee means, first, to begin anew. For the disciples it meant going back to the place where the Lord first sought them out and called them to follow him. The place of their first encounter and their first love. From that moment on, leaving their nets behind, they followed Jesus, listening to his preaching and witnessing the miracles he performed. Yet, though they were always with him, they did not fully understand him. Frequently they misunderstood his words and in the face of the cross they abandoned him and fled. 

Even so, the Risen Lord once more appears as the one who goes ahead of them to Galilee. He precedes them. He stands before them and constantly calls them to follow him. He says to them: “Let us start over from where we began. Let us begin anew. I want you to be with me again, in spite of everything”. In this Galilee, we learn to be amazed by the Lord’s infinite love, which opens new trails along the path of our defeats.

This is the first Easter message that I would offer you: it is always possible to begin anew, because there is a new life that God can awaken in us in spite of all our failures. From the rubble of our hearts, God can create a work of art; from the ruined remnants of our humanity, God can prepare a new history. He never ceases to go ahead of us: in the cross of suffering, desolation and death, and in the glory of a life that rises again, a history that changes, a hope that is reborn. In these dark months of the pandemic, let us listen to the Risen Lord as he invites us to begin anew and never lose hope.

Going to Galilee also means setting out on new paths. It means walking away from the tomb. The women were looking for Jesus in the tomb; they went to recall what they had experienced with him, which was now gone forever. They went to indulge in their grief. There is a kind of faith that can become the memory of something once beautiful, now simply to be recalled.

Many people experience such a “faith of memories”, as if Jesus were someone from the past, an old friend from their youth who is now far distant, an event that took place long ago, when they attended catechism as a child. A faith made up of habits, things from the past, lovely childhood memories, but no longer a faith that moves me, or challenges me. Going to Galilee, on the other hand, means realizing that faith, if it is to be alive, must get back on the road. It must daily renew the first steps of the journey, the amazement of the first encounter. And it must continue to trust, not thinking it already knows everything, but embracing the humility of those who let themselves be surprised by God’s ways. Let us go to Galilee, then, to discover that God cannot be filed away among our childhood memories, but is alive and filled with surprises. Risen from the dead, Jesus never ceases to amaze us.

This, then, is the second message of Easter: faith is not an album of past memories; Jesus is not outdated. He is alive here and now. He walks beside you each day, in every situation you are experiencing, in every trial you have to endure, in your deepest hopes and dreams. He opens new doors when you least expect it, he urges you not to indulge in nostalgia for the past or cynicism about the present. Even if you feel that all is lost, let yourself be open to amazement at the newness Jesus brings: he will surely surprise you.

Going to Galilee also means going to the peripheries. Galilee was an outpost: the people living in that diverse and disparate region were those farthest from the ritual purity of Jerusalem. Yet that is where Jesus began his mission. There he brought his message to those struggling to live from day to day, the excluded, the vulnerable and the poor. There he brought the face and presence of God, who tirelessly seeks out those who are discouraged or lost, who goes to the very peripheries of existence, since in his eyes no one is least, no one is excluded. The Risen Lord is asking his disciples to go there even now, to the settings of daily life, the streets we travel every day, the corners of our cities. There the Lord goes ahead of us and makes himself present in the lives of those around us, those who share in our day, our home, our work, our difficulties and hopes. 

In Galilee we learn that we can find the Risen One in the faces of our brothers and sisters, in the enthusiasm of those who dream and the resignation of those who are discouraged, in the smiles of those who rejoice and the tears of those who suffer, and above all in the poor and those on the fringes. We will be amazed how the greatness of God is revealed in littleness, how his beauty shines forth in the poor and simple.

And this is the third message of Easter: Jesus, the Risen Lord, loves us without limits and is there at every moment of our lives. Having made himself present in the heart of our world, he invites us to overcome barriers, banish prejudices and draw near to those around us every day in order to rediscover the grace of everyday life. Let us recognize him here in our Galilees, in everyday life. With him, life will change. For beyond all defeats, evil and violence, beyond all suffering and death, the Risen One lives and guides history.

Dear brother, dear sister: if on this night you are experiencing an hour of darkness, a day that has not yet dawned, a light dimmed or a dream shattered, open your heart with amazement to the message of Easter: “Do not be afraid, he has risen! He awaits you in Galilee”. Your expectations will not remain unfulfilled, your tears will be dried, your fears will be replaced by hope. For the Lord goes ahead of you, he walks before you. And, with him, life begins anew.

Easter Sunday Mass from Ndola, ZAMBIA


Wishing you all a Peaceful and Joy filled Easter.

Easter Sunday Mass celebrated by Fr Tom Casey from the SMA District House in Ndola, Zambia.  Music is by sisters from the Convent of the Dominican Community Ndola. 

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Sisters of the Dominican Convent, Ndola
Fr Tom Casey SMA

 

 

Is Risen

Then Empty Tomb: “He goes before you into Galilee! You will see him there!” Matt. 28.6

The feet that danced
at Cana’s wedding feast,
are held down,
are pierced.

The hands that reached for Peter
when his walk on water failed,
are stretched across the wood,
are nailed.

The voice that called
dead Lazarus from his grave, 
is failing in his throat,
has failed.

                                                          The one they wrapped up
                                                           in a shroud of linen,
                                                           is rising from the grave,
                                                           is risen.
                                                            Fr Tim Carroll SMA