The Revised Common LectionarySonnets to enhance the Lectionary

Introduction to the Gospel for Lent

Guarding Against Life


They place a guard at Jesusí tomb, for fear

that life will somehow enter in and spoil

their deadly work, their presumptuous toil!

But God will not abandon, Whom God holds dear,

and soon the dead leaves rustle in the night

the Spirit-wind invigorates stale air;

tombs burst open, life is everywhere!

And Jesus Christ is risen in Godís might1

God abhors the vacuum that is death

will fill it soon with Loveís all-powerful breath.

[Year B - Holy Saturday]

Archdeacon Harold Macdonald


Lyrics: When Jesus Came

Background tune: The Water is Wide

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