Sunday, March 27, 2005

He is Risen -- He is Risen Indeed!

Seven Stanzas at Easter
by John Updike

Make no mistake: If he rose at all
it was as His body;
if the cells' dissolution did not reverse, the molecules
reknit, the amino acids rekindle,
the Church will fall.

It was not as the flowers,
each soft Spring recurrent;
it was not as his Spirit in the mouths and fuddled
eyes of his eleven apostles;
it was as His flesh: ours.

The same hinged thumbs and toes,
the same valved heart
that -- pierced -- died, withered, paused, and then
regathered out of enduring Might
new strength to enclose.

Let us not mock God with metaphor,
analogy, sidestepping, transcendence;
making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the
faded credulity of earlier ages:
let us walk through the door.

Artwork: "Easter Morning" by He Qi Posted by Hello


Keli said...

Thank you, Lutheran Chik. So many progressive Christians seem to try to back away from the Godhood of Jesus. Jesus is in fact part of the Trinity; fully human and fully God. Part of the mystery we accept on faith.

Songbird said...

When I had my first Easter as a pastor,I struggled with my views on the bodily resurrection, but here I am two years later saying, "Why not?" Thanks for the poem.