HE SHARED WITH US OUR IGNORANCE

Vasily Perov (1833–82), “Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane”
Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Along with death He shared with us
Our ignorance of what comes after,
That nothingness so dangerous
To our identity’s self-center

Will I be I, the Crucified
With name and place and history
When I am He who has just died—
Will I be justified as Me?

The fear of such annihilation
Is part of our mortality—
He could indeed be called True Man
As part of His identity

And so the courage of the Christ
By which His sacrifice is priced
As we will find the One found out
What death is really all about