Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Into the Night


Wednesday of Holy Week
John 13:21-33, 36-38


The sadness of Christ
for the coming sin
this one shared his table
his cup, once a friend.

Betrayal, deceit, and lies
who is it Lord?
surely, it is not I

One who sits and sups
one who witnessed all
one who values passing things
one who Satan calls

Betrayal, deceit, and lies
who is it Lord?
surely, it is not I.

Upon his breast his beloved
this morsel do you see
to him whom I give
one last attempt a friend to be.

Betrayal, deceit, and lies
who is it Lord?
surely, it is not I.

The sin completed
if only in the heart
no turning back
the night that here did start.

Betrayal, deceit, and lies
who is it master?
surely, it is not I.

Back to the Son
he follows shadow low
the silver loses glimmer
upon the path he chose.

Betrayal, deceit, and lies
who is it master?
surely, it is not I.

It was night, as always is
when going away from Him
away from the Light, into the darkness,
the black pit of selfish sin.

Betrayal, deceit, and lies
who is it LORD!?
surely, it is I.
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FROM THE SAINTS - "These things are written that we bear not malice towards those who injure us; but rebuke them and weep for them; for the fit subjects of weeping are not they who suffer, but they who do the wrong. The grasping man, the false accuser, and whoso works any other evil thing, do themselves the greatest injury, and us the greatest good, if we do not avenge ourselves. Such a case as this: some one has robbed you; have you given thanks for the injury, and glorified God? by that thanksgiving you have gained ten thousand rewards, just as he has gathered for himself fire unspeakable. [...] Wherefore Christ also repaid him who was about to betray Him with everything opposite. He washed his feet, convicted him secretly, rebuked him sparingly, tended him, allowed him to share His table and His kiss, and not even by these was he made better; nevertheless (Christ) continued doing His own part." - St. John Chrysostom Hom. on St. John #71

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