For Christians, this Passion or Holy Week 2017 rapidly climaxes. We celebrate Jesus’ last supper; Him washing disciples’ feet, betrayal and arrest, and sham “trials.” Hence:
When the Hour Came1
Dread leavened the meal.
The specter loaned silver promises to a man—
to grind the bread of life with his heel.
Rabboni baptized their feet
in water and sweat and tears
for the calloused miles
they knew not they would tread.
He broke His body’s bread
and poured His garden’s cup
as they stared—pupils reflecting candlelight
into His watery eyes.
He gave the son of Iscariot a morsel2 dipped in blood.
The specter entered Judas’ heart of darkness
and whispered the darkest way.
With washed feet, he slunk away
and it was night.3
1Luke 2:14; 2John. 13:26; 3John. 13:29