by Robert Paul Fugarino
Lord, in the grips of his mystic vision, Aquinas said, “All my best
thoughts have been turned to straw!”
Lord, we behold you rise, and the world becomes a screen
upon which we see all good things coming back to life.
And our thoughts turn to straw.
Our words melt like wax.
Our lives become too small to hold the water of life you pour
from a thousand celestial seas.
And so we cling to a few details we can comprehend.
The faithfulness of a few women. The testimony of two angels.
A dead man who eats bread and fish and whose wounds no
But, Lord, even in these details you rise to reveal yourself
and speak to us.
You say, “Fear not.” You say, “Have faith.” You say, “My Spirit
You say, “Lives broken upon crosses are made new.”
Lord, in peace you kiss us on the cheek as the Easter sun rises,
and you grant us again your vision:
There is a life that can raise our entombed world from
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Robert Paul Fugarino is the Pastor at Park Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kansas City, Missouri and has served congregations in different parts of the U.S. for almost twenty years.
"As the survivor of childhood trauma, I’ve come a long way in my healing process. This is thanks in part to years of therapy, a lot of hard work, and an incredible support network of family and friends. More so, it’s the result of learning to be still with God, to offer up my pain for God to transform, and to realize I am God’s beloved. I’m now in a place of peace, one that has stayed with me for several years now."