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In a thistle-thick field,
The sun-baked clay with its break-spade soil
Had a summer-seared yield,
And the drought-sky-flouted dry ground foiled
All of Israel's trouble and toil.
But the Caretaker saw
And tilled that wilderness field with priests
And their ground-breaking law,
As the prophets' cry thinned high sin-weeds,
And the kings did their battle with beasts.
Then the Husbandman sowed
Pure virgin earth, and the germ took root.
When the gracious rain flowed
On the love-lit plot, it shot out shoots,
And it budded forth, bearing its fruit.
Now the fruit of our womb
Is blest grain bread and a vine grape wine
From the Passover room;
O incarnate Lord, O Christ divine,
Make the fruits of your flesh and blood mine!
115. The image of God as caretaker of the vineyard is common in the Old Testament.
Cf. Ps 80, 917; Jer 2, 21; Ez 19, 1014; Is 5, 17;
in the New Testament, cf. Mk 12, 19; Mt 21, 3341; Lk 20, 916; Jn 15, 18.
16. The fruit of our womb: since Mary is the perfect representative of redeemed humanity, it is perhaps not too bold a usage to speak of Jesus as the fruit of our womb.
17. Blest grain bread and a vine grape wine: the Incarnation of Christ is in a sense prolonged in the Eucharist even after the Ascension. Cf. Mk 14, 2226; Mt 26, 2630; Lk 22, 1920; 1 Cor 11, 2325.
18. The Passover room: where Jesus ate the Last Supper with his disciples. Cf. Mk 14, 1216; Mt 26, 1719; Lk 22, 713.
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This poem is © Copyright 2002 by Stephen Wentworth Arndt, Ph.D.