Seven Stanzas at Easter

As we are entering into the Easter season, I thought I would share a partial quote from John Updike’s Seven Stanzas at Easter, quite relevant in light of today’s cultural norms:

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 paper-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.


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.




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