The Wedding Surprise

The Wedding Surprise

A man, a king, invites us all to jump
to make his own world great again, not ours.
Tyrants by all names, Putin or called Trump,
Imagine the world subject to their powers.

We first seek God among the many decent,
Who find their names inscribed on the king’s floor-plan.
Their gold-edged invitations the king has sent
To let them think they’re different from the poor man.

But the poor are there, waiters, homeless sons,
Ice addicts, women trafficked, trapped and cowed,
Like ‘Where’s Wally’ we watch the poorer ones,
Try to see God hidden among the wedding crowd.

Look! That person who may be from the slum,
God, roughly dressed and humble, has finally come.

  • Matthew 22:1-14
  • Jesus begins his parable, ‘The Kingdom of heaven is like a man, a king, (anthropo basiliei)’, perhaps warning the reader not to identify God with this human tyrant.
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    The Wedding Procession – Fabbi Fabbio (1861-1946)

St Francis according to Vittoria Colonna

Something a little different this post: Vittoria Colonna’s poem on St Francis, and my attempt at translation.

Dietro al divino tuo gran capitano
Seguendo l’orma bella, ardito estrastì
Fra perigliose insidie, aspri costrastì
Con l’arme sol dell’umilitade in mano.

Mentre il mondo sprezzando e nude e piano
Solo dalla tua croce ricco audastì
Per deserti selvaggi, a moi mostrastì
Quanto arda il divin raggio un cor umano,

Divo Francesco, a coi l’alto Signore
Nel cor l’istoria di sua man dispènse
Del divin suo ver moi sì, ch’apparver fore
Le piaghe, ond’ei la morte e ‘l mondo vinse.

  • Vittoria Colonna (1492-1547)

Straight to God, the Captain, Chief resister he,
You track his lovely steps; direct you
Past pitfalls of peril: your mystery
That humility alone protect you.

The world disdains you, both naked and gentle,
Only from your rich cross comes the daring
Across wild deserts. God’s fundamental
Span can reach you, soothe with fervent caring.

Godly Francis, in your heart Most High shares
the present history of God’s dispensing hand:
God appears in Christ to set loose all snares:
Against him world and death can now not stand.

  • Translation: Ted Witham 

Vittoria Colonna sketched by Michelangelo