Reflections for

Third Sunday of Easter, Apr 10, 2016

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Acts 9:1-6, (7-20); Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19

Poetry

Common elegance

Kneeling,
he turned the fish by their tails
on the iron grate; their skins

sticking and burning.
The fire died once
and he bent and blew

on the embers, holding
his robe at the throat,
a gesture of such common elegance

the gates flew open.
A ribbon of dawn
lay taut and pink on the sea.

When at last he raised his head
and looked at me, I shivered.
Simon, son of John, do you love me?

 

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