Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Oh! It Causes Me to Tremble...


Until Resurrection Day...


Israel Pilgrimage—2006


There is a pit

beneath the House of Caiaphas

a once dark, dismal, terrifying hole

into which prisoners

were lowered by ropes

under their armpits


Our Lord Jesus likely

was brought here directly

from the Garden of Gethsemane

on the night He was betrayed by Judas


The scene seems less horrific today

than when I was here in 1986

Then, it was easier to imagine

a terrifying incarceration

of a prisoner, especially

an innocent prisoner, alone

amid ominous dampness and vermin

in the very bowels of the earth


The pit is located beneath a church—

The Church of Saint Peter of Gallicantu

(of the cock’s crow)

named for where in the courtyard

Peter denied knowing Jesus three times


It’s been spiffed-up—

It’s brighter. The descent, easier

It’s not nearly as dismal


but, back in eighty-six

as Wayne Monbleau read Psalm 22

in that detestable dungeon


…they pierced

my hands and my feet.

I can count all my bones…[1]


I closed my eyes, and literally


imagining how terribly Jesus suffered

to wash my sins away


Maude Carolan Pych

[1] Psalm 22:17-18 NASB

Note: Rev. Wayne Monbleau, of Loving Grace Ministries, is the host of the live Christian counseling radio program, "Let's Talk About Jesus."

Maude Carolan Pych

Here I am, holding a copy of my book, "Behold the Lamb...poetically!"  It contains 95 poems about the Birth, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, written over a span of thirty years. The book is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For more information, visit my website at www.maudecarolanpych.net.

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