Friday, October 03, 2008

In a tiny piece of bread…

Let all humankind tremble,
let the whole world shake
and the heavens rejoice
when Christ, the Son of the living God,
is on the altar
in the hands of a priest.
O admirable heights and sublime lowliness!
O sublime humility!
O humble sublimity!
That the Lord of the universe,
God and the Son of God,
so humbles himself
that to save us
he conceals himself in a tiny piece of bread!

From the "Letter to the Entire Order" of Francis of Assisi, quoted in God Seekers: Twenty Centuries of Christian Spiritualities by Richard H. Schmidt (Eerdmans, 2008), with thanks to Vicki K Black

1 comment:

  1. In my parish, we take turns baking bread for the Eucharist. It is one of the most meaningful of things I do for the liturgy. That poem is lovely, lovely.