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The Journey of Communion by Peter Menkin

by Peter Menkin  
1/19/2009 / Poetry

Communion with God and others through Eucharist...a continuation of the series on communion...

My web page has many of my poems, and this one titled "The Journey of Communion" is from those pages. About my previous post of May 11, a friend says, "Communion is not really about either the giver or the receiver. It is about receiving the whole person of Jesus: Body, Soul, Mind and Spirit
. And in receiving Jesus, we become more like Him, both individually and corporately. It is never just a 'Me and Jesus thing.' " In thinking about her comment, I wanted to post something about communion again, and so this one.

Regarding that May 11 post about communion, I revised the previous post to better reflect her thoughts. When revising it, I borrowed from her words, including these: "I know and am known by God, with others." I thought her criticism did reveal a more full and better statement about communion, and included those words. I hope it's legal to borrow some words for ones poem from a friend or from a criticism. That poem to which I refer is titled, "Communion with a Bishop." It seems that this older poem, posted here, is a continuation of a statement about communion. So I call the subject of this post today, "Communion with God and others through Eucharist...a continuation of the series on communion..."

This is the address for my website:


by Peter Menkin

Is it fair

for Church to be so sorrowful?

And joyful, too, the same at one.

We sang Hymn 204,

"Love is come again

like wheat that springeth green.

"Sweetness and joy meet.

We share our lives, their fabric

weaves us in God.

Is this an adventure, I yearn

for love--died.

"Now the green blade riseth..."

We are bound together

in our mortality.

My soul.

The sharing of bread and wine

began earlier in the day and went

on in journey.

In our awakening to the Sunday

when in sunlight the shadow

of myself appeared on a tree

from my deck.

I knew I am

this day to take communionso said

"O ye works of the Lord,

bless ye the Lord."

After communionI sing

"love lives again"

minutes previous wondered, thought and prayed

on my knees.

We must begin again.

Audio reading of poem by poet is here:

Peter Menkin, an aspiring poet, lives in Mill Valley, CA USA where he writes poetry. He is an Oblate of Immaculate Heart Hermitage, Big Sur, CA and that means he is a Camaldoli Benedictine. He is 64 years of age as of 2010.

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