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A poem by Peter Thorns, in response to the reading/sermon on The Calling of the DiscipleThe Desert

I saw the Lord today, in the market.
I knew it was Him,
Different from the holy images, of God in the form given by man.
Compelling in His normality, divine in His unreligion,
It was Him.

And the Lord saw me.
He asked me to follow Him, leave everything and go on His way
And I cried “How Lord?”
Could I leave my wife, my family, my job, my life?

I saw the pity, the understanding, the love.
“Then stay and follow me here, among the homeless, the unloved.
Give them your home, your love.
Share your life”
And I baulked at the call to love
To unconditional acceptance
To do, to live out the Word.

We live in a desert of plenty
A world of easy virtue,
Pennies for the charity
Pounds for our bank account,
Our time our own.
A plenty of comforts,
Food, drink, shelter, warmth.
And yet withered in love,
Unsmiling fearful shadows,
Passing but never touching,
Leaving no trace of our being
In the arid wastes of unfeeling.

I saw the Lord today,
But He couldn’t reach me.