In the crowd

Chi-Rho Penmachno Stone

There in the crowd.
A half smile, world weary but
with gestures of warmth.

There again.
soft words a voice of
understanding amidst pain.

A slow pace.
walking with empathy
alongside broken hearts
and damaged lives.

Vulnerable, humble.

For Pax Christi Peace Sunday 15th Jan 2017  Jn.1:29, 36

A light and a fear

High above the gloom of a valley
shrouded in the orange glow of neon
a misty halo surrounds an old light.
Captivating, white with its bright against
black skies no others dare invade
light enough for now. To lead.

She rises over the distant hill.
Drawing the wonder
Is it brighter on the other side?
The chasm between gapes
as she moves step by step
and we roll ever eastward
her path different.

Stars return to their place
so many, more than before.
She has gone her way
and I missed the chance to follow yet
like the skies that night I am brighter.
I carry her with me.

an ark for Epiphany

Trying to keep up with the promise I made to finish books before buying others, I realise that I am way behind on that score already. Reading yesterdays entry from ‘All Saints’ late, but in keeping with the season, Epiphany. (See Maggi Dawn’s comments on that subject!) Lanza del Vasto a modern prophet and ‘Noah’ died yesterday in 1981. He built an Ark of people to “preserve certain values from the deluge of violence and ugliness and efficiency that threatened to make the planet uninhabitable” Also (still) reading Hell and High Water on the plethora of flood narratives from the ancient world.  It matters less that we believe all these occurrences of world scale flood events literally, rather that we take note of their moral critique.  If we are to build an Ark to survive the modern floods, perhaps it should be one like that of Lanzo del Vasto, rather than complaining and moaning about the situation and the violence of society, he gathered around him those who would live and model a community of non-violence to prepare for the age to come.  An Epiphany gift, an Ark, to plug the spiritual and knowledge gap between the way we live now and the way we will have to live in the future. Such a thing is a bright hope for a new year.   More on the Community of the Ark.