Monday, April 18, 2016

maundy thursday

I want to turn and look at you
for I look at Christ and see
that this long-distance
relationship,
from Manhattan to Galilee,
this fragile thread of prayer
that unites we two,
will finally end in
heaven, and it will be
as surprising,
intoxicating,
and utterly natural
to behold a Beatific Vision,
as turning to look at
you in the middle of a long homily
and seeing your face--
a face I have not seen in the flesh--
but seen hidden in the signs of sacraments,
and in my brothers and sisters,
in photograph and figure,
but not in person,
That Vision,
one day,
will be as stunning, radiant,
obvious,
miraculous,
exciting,
and glorious,
as seeing you,
beside me in Holy Thursday Mass.

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