"During the Storm," William-Adolphe Bougeureau, WikiArt.
“During the Storm,” William-Adolphe Bougeureau, WikiArt.

Many who were present at Christ’s crucifixion
Remained at distance, faithful yet afraid of
Roman soldiers, thunderous clouds overhead.
I was one of those, Meirah. We had traveled
For days to hear the prophet speak, arriving
Too late other than to provide him sips of
Water, bite of figs or dates. Alas! We cared
Not for ourselves, crowds gathering along
Streets as Christ was paraded to his death.

With cup in hand, we met face-to-face, divine
Eyes meeting mine, for brief moments our
Spirits touched, beyond understanding, he
Conveyed compassion and forgiveness as
He struggled with the cross, to eventual
Death. Yes, I remained some distance away
During crucifixion, as did others who fought
Fear-coupled grief. Afterwards, to avoid
Persecutions we met secretly by mark of fish.

Decades later, now woman in my fifties, old
Beggar sat along roadway, weathered staff
And basket his possessions. I dropped few
Coins and walked away, then recognized
Eyes once peering into mine, grateful for
Sips of water. “Traveler, do I know you?”
I asked him. His eyes fixed on mine, he said,
“Truly I say to you, to the extent that you
Did it to one of these brothers of mine, even
The least of them, you did it to me.”*

"Woman at the Well," Carl Bloch, WikiArt.
“Woman at the Well,” Carl Bloch, WikiArt.

In secret meetings, we gathered by lantern light
Talked and prayed about Christ’s triumphant
Second coming, his kingdom, earthly reign,
He would deliver us from evil, raise us above
Mortal strife, Gospels penned on papyri. Yet,
I felt his presence everywhere, especially with
Occasional strangers, I offered food and drink,
Rest for few days, needful brothers and sisters
In Christ, reflections of divine eyes.

*Adapted from “Gospel of Matthew,” 25:40.

Have you seen someone in passing with reflections of 
divine eyes? An old man in store parking lot, children
playing, ED nurse, holy sister or priest?  Perhaps we
are in our own way “Reflections of Divine Eyes?”

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