Poet and priest Malcolm Guite helps us mark the death and resurrection of Jesus with poems from his series on the stations of the cross, and with his reflections on the Messianic Event. Nomad’s David Blower responds to Malcolm’s poetry and thought in sound and song, and Kate Blower brings the Easter readings.
Image provided by Malcolm Guite. Used with permission.
This episode features poems from Sounding the Seasons, used with permission by Canterbury Press
“All of my thought and writing about the passion and indeed the resurrection is written in the conviction that these are not just events out there and back then, but in some sense in here and right now; that these central, generative events – in which the creator of all things comes into creation and sets things right from inside – are also always and at all times richly available to us on the inside too and to the inside of ourselves. So, we look back – yes – to this once and once only event, but we can also come to that cross anywhere and at anytime.”
“The dark nails pierce him and the sky turns black. We watch him as he labours to draw breath. He takes our breath away to give it back, return it to its birth through his slow death. We hear him struggle breathing through the pain, who once breathed out his spirit on the deep, who formed us when he mixed the dust with rain and drew us into consciousness from sleep. His spirit and his life he breaths in all. Mantles his world in his one atmosphere. And now he comes to breathe beneath the pall of our polutions, draw our injured air to cleanse it and renew. His final breath breathes and bears us through the gates of death.”