‘Peace be Upon You’: Doubting Religion
A sonnet (2016) on what Thomas saw.
Behold, the blemished Lamb of God, and scarred
with unhealed woundings of the nails and spear,
Thomas seeks to know what it was that marred
pure God to now mutilated appear.
Thomas had seen his rising power before,
No question that God could raise the son of Nain,
But why upend complete Prophets and Law
and accept a sacrifice of bloody stain?
And then he saw altar priests cutting throats
and the violent contest of sacred police,
then the deep purpose of the Bible’s quotes:
to bring violence to an end with world’s peace.
The end of religion flashed before Thomas:
in faith and love alone the godly promise.
- John 20:24-31
- Luke 7:11-17