Love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good. (Gospel)

"For Dorothy Day—The Water Strider"

To whom would
they go

she wondered
then questioned


and yet she
would not

condemn pope
bishop not priest

for they also
are the Christ
though they
do not carry

shopping bags
nor sleep on
park benches—


  “Do what you
would wish
them to do
unto you”
a voice whispered
and she responded
with hospitality

with soup and

and bags of

and feeding
and housing

the homeless
the rejected
the unwanted

the absurd Christs

who fit not
in churches
nor prisons
nor hospitals

the absurd Christs
who slip through

every mental grid
rational sieve

those to whom
no law or structure
can apply

the Christs walking
on water

instead of using
boats or bridges

the Christs reaching
their purpose to live
to love

and embracing it

J. Janda