Friday, March 25, 2016

Meynell: all alone

Friday, March 25, 2016
    Good Friday
    Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord to the Virgin Mary
    The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
    —Matthew 28:5-7
All night had shouts of men and cry
    Of woeful women filled His way;
Until that noon of sombre sky
    On Friday, clamour and display
Smote Him; no solitude had He.
No silence, since Gethsemane.

Public was death; but Power, but Might,
    But Life again, but Victory,
Were hushed within the dead of night,
    The shutter’d dark, the secrecy.
And all alone, alone, alone
He rose again behind the stone.
    ... Alice Meynell (1847-1922), A Father of Women: and other poems, Burns & Oates, 1917, p. 30 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 28:5-7; 27:55-56; Mark 15:40-41; John 19:25-27
Quiet time reflection:
    You rose again, according to the promise of the Father. Because of You, I now have the same promise.

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