Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Morsel of Bread – v6

Christ at the table with them
changing the ancient words of the Passover
speaking new words of sacrifice, of covenant
God making himself a sacrifice
to be given to redeem us
breaking his body
in the breaking of the bread
handing a piece to him
the one who would betray him

What must he have felt,
sharing in the meal, the offering,
the invocation, the intoning of the words
these words of the teacher,
his master, Rabbi
changing the ancient words
of remembrance, of protection
saying something entirely new,
a new covenant, for us

the morsel of bread dipped,
shared directly from his hands
his words to go, to do
that which is planned quickly
what must he have thought,
in that moment of gifting, of sacrifice
the doubt, the confusion,
steps already set in motion
unable to return, to pull back
the wheels of time turning
his body, his blood
God’s sacrifice,
dripping on his hands

Edit of April 13, 2013
“The Morsel of Bread – v6”
(starting with the original poem)
Edited March 19, 2013
“The Morsel of Bread – v5”
Edited December 21, 2012
“The Morsel of Bread – v4”
Edited December 21, 2012
“The Morsel of Bread – v3”
Edited December 19, 2012
“The Morsel of Bread – v2”
February 1, 2009
“The Morsel of Bread”
Matthew 26:14-30
Matthew 26:26-28
Mark 14:12-26
Mark 14:24-26
Luke 22:1-30
Luke 22:14-23
Luke 22:14-20
John 6:53-59
John 13:1-30
John 13:21-30
John 13:27-30
and sermon, “Even Me Lord?”
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 1, 2009

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 27,410+ of my poems at Poetry Where You Live.

No comments: