Sunday, April 20, 2014

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Resurrection Day

Albrecht Dürer

Seven Stanzas at Easter
John Updike

Make no mistake: if he rose at all
It was as His body;
If the cell’s dissolution did not reverse, the molecule 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 the
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.
The stone is rolled back, not papier-mache,
Not a stone in a story,
But the vast rock of materiality that in the slow grinding of
Time will eclipse for each of us
The wide light of day.
And if we have an angel at the tomb,
Make it a real angel,
Weighty with Max Planck’s quanta, vivid with hair, opaque in
The dawn light, robed in real linen
Spun on a definite loom.
Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,
For our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,
Lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are embarrassed
By the miracle,
And crushed by remonstrance.


  1. Judith Cooke4/21/2014 4:24 PM

    Tamara, I just want to say how grateful i am for this lament series you did for holy week. it's a brilliant idea, one i hope to share with my faith community (also anglican! in toronto). i recently led a lament service in my community (, for lament is something near to my heart! It seems to me that sharing lament stories during holy week is a powerful way for people to connect to their own passion, and so the passion of jesus. thank you again!

  2. tamarahillmurphy4/28/2014 1:14 PM

    Judith, thank you for your kind words. It means a lot to me that this series was encouraging to someone else. I look forward to hearing about how your community walks through lament together. I enjoyed looking at your blog and love the idea of listing not only gratitudes but also laments as part of your reflecting on God's presence in your everyday life. I'm planning to begin doing that in my own journalling process. Thank you again, Judith.


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