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by Angel Valdez

How did he do it?

How did Christ endure

the ignominy of his people,

being branded a criminal,

tortured, cursed and crucified,

lashed, nailed, pierced, and crowned.


He doubted, felt forsaken,

yet he used his last breath to forgive,

as love oozed from his pores

more red than blood.


Strong, serene, free of fear,

His power over death undiminished,

As his soul exited his tortured body

All creation thundered in cataclysmic paroxysms.


Can an eyelash like me

Seek his graced glance.

How do I resurrect myself,

Be one with Him,


one with all,

here, now, and ever after.


Houston Catholic Worker, VOl. XLI, No. 1, January-February 2021.