The sword that pierced Mary’s heart
was the sword that would pierced her son’s side,
their hearts the saving symbol of the heart of God
intent upon loving the world from the manger to the altar of the cross,
where worship is no longer only a mother’s song but the very body
and being of her son.
Mary’s first prayer will be Jesus’ last.
As he prays to his heavenly Father
in the garden at Gethsemane before his death,
Jesus utters let it be as you would have it.
As Mary accepted his life,
he too will accept his death,
from mother to son,
the faithful surrender to God’s design for their lives.
As Jesus took his last breath,
a lone centurion stands beneath him,
see the man, seeing the truth of him,
his first Roman follower,
worshipping him in the place
where a voice has gone silent.
In one, silent still moment
birthed on Calvary
the heart of God and
And the heart of humanity
In the womb of the world
and the embrace of his Father,
arms reached out to the world
where God came home
and humanity is no longer homeless.