Quote of the day: 24 April

The Leftovers

Sr. Miriam of the Holy Spirit, O.C.D.
(Jessica Powers, 1986)

With twenty loaves of bread Elisha fed
the one hundred till they were satisfied,
and Scripture tells us there was bread leftover.
Jesus did more: with five small barley loaves
and two dried fish he fed five thousand men,
together with their wives and children, all
neatly arranged upon the cushioned grass.
The awed disciples, when the crowd had eaten,
gathered up what was left: twelve baskets full.

Who then received these fragments? Hopefully,
the least (though not less favored) and the poor.
I think of those who always seem to get
the leavings from the banqueting of others,
the scraps of bread, of life, that goodness saves.
I pray that they come proudly when invited,
make merry at their meal and have their fill,
and rise up thankfully, remembering
the fragments, too, were miracles of love.

Wonderbare spijziging en wonderbare visvangst
(Miraculous feeding and miraculous gathering of fish)
17th c. anonymous Dutch print, letterpress on paper
h 34 mm × w 55 mm

Powers, J 1999, The Selected Poetry of Jessica Powers, ICS Publications, Washington DC.

2 thoughts on “Quote of the day: 24 April

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  1. How beautiful! As one would expect from her. I have felt like a dog under the table most of my life. I never thought of taking the attitude in the last 4 lines. I really enjoyed this. Thank you.

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