Matt C. Abbott
'Under the Weight'
FacebookTwitterGoogle+
By Matt C. Abbott
April 12, 2011

The following is a Christian poem composed by a friend of mine, L.A. Sniegowski.





Under the Weight

By L.A. Sniegowski

Under the weight
of that heavy bright star
into a crystal midnight blue
did Innocence come
and lay under the golden hollow straws
in piercing cold, in a mammal's trough,
for my sake, for yours

Under the weight of temptation
did He wander in the desert
denying sustenance,
refusing all that would refresh
allowing Himself to be put to the test
for my sake, for yours

Under the weight of repugnant sin
did His heart barely beat
on that lonely Thursday eve
there did He kneel beside that rock;
and glistening in the moonlight,
those red drops fell
for my sake, for yours

Under the weight of crushing cruelty
did He endure that scourging —
with every throw of the whip
the pain renewed —
and the back that reclined at Joseph's table
became one wound
for my sake, for yours

Under the weight of mockery
did those torturous thorns pierce Him
amidst the soldiers' laughter —
reed blows — the insults of the crowd —
the sweet head that once lay on Mary's lap
succumbed to the barbarous crown
for my sake, for yours

Under the weight —
the impossible weight — of the sins of men
through jeers and scorn
did He carry that cross
with ringing in His precious ears
and pain on every side
He did not quit, but carried on
a sacrifice to turn the tide
for my sake, for yours

Under the weight
of the mallet's blow
were those healing hands nailed
to that scandalous tree —
and the blessed feet
that walked upon the waves
were drowned in blood
for my sake, for yours

Under the weight
of a massive stone
concealed in a cave,
all breath gone forth;
all lifeblood rung out
His lifeless body lay
in coldness, in stillness
for my sake, for yours

But Lo!
in the newness of Sunday morn
in the brilliant dazzling white
the weight is lifted;
the stone rolled away —
He is risen!
For my sake! For yours!


© Matt C. Abbott

 

The views expressed by RenewAmerica columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of RenewAmerica or its affiliates.
(See RenewAmerica's publishing standards.)

Click to enlarge

Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 "Unsolved" podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He is mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.

(Note: I welcome and appreciate thoughtful feedback. Insults will be ignored. Only in very select cases will I honor a request to have a telephone conversation about a topic in my column. Email is much preferred. God bless you and please keep me in your prayers!)

Subscribe

Receive future articles by Matt C. Abbott: Click here

More by this author

 

Stephen Stone
'The fervent prayer of the righteous'

Siena Hoefling
Protect the Children: Update with VIDEO

Stephen Stone
Flashback: Dems' fake claim that Trump and Utah congressional hopeful Burgess Owens want 'renewed nuclear testing' blows up when examined

Stephen Stone
In defense of Sen. Mike Lee

Rev. Mark H. Creech
Statement on overturning of Roe v. Wade

Tom DeWeese
Cancel Culture is cancelling itself

Linda Goudsmit
The Dr. Duke Show: June 23, 2022 Linda Goudsmit discusses the global takeover of American education

Tom DeWeese
We must harden our schools – mentally and physically – Here’s how and why

Curtis Dahlgren
'Don't weep for the dead; weep for the living.' – Jeremiah

Michael Bresciani
Nancy Pelosi says drag queens are what America is all about!

Jerry Newcombe
Violence in the name of “Jane’s revenge”

Peter Lemiska
The January 6th hearings – A pathetic act of desperation

Victor Sharpe
A nuclear Iran in our world

Selwyn Duke
Why Bill Maher can’t kick his Democrat Party addiction

Paul Cameron
Southern Baptists did a decent job protecting kids
  More columns

Cartoons


Click for full cartoon
More cartoons

RSS feeds

News:
Columns:

Columnists

Matt C. Abbott
Chris Adamo
Russ J. Alan
Bonnie Alba
Chuck Baldwin
Kevin J. Banet
J. Matt Barber
Fr. Tom Bartolomeo
. . .
[See more]

Sister sites