Poem For The Sunday Lectionary (Pentecost +20)

SONNET OF THE STAR AND SHIP
(Matthew 22:34-46)

The soul stands on deck, rain-soaked in the storm,
wind-lashed, anxiously watching the dark sky.
It’s seeking safe harbour, calmer seas, warm
bays. It needs something to navigate by,
some star to break through the clouds, show the way
home. It has tried this long voyage alone,
but weary with the bleak night, longs for day.
Suddenly clouds break, and there in that zone
shines a bright star. It is Love! The command
to love God, to love neighbour – Christ showing
the way – is what guides the soul to good land,
its true home. Now see the star lowering:
becoming ship, becoming sail – both goal
and means. Yes: love leads and carries. Makes whole.