October 2008 - Vol. 23

Toward Calvary, a painting by Michael O'Brien

Come, Run After Me

poem by Ana Teresa Perrem

Come, run after me,
If you want to find me.
Come, follow me to the cross
Run after me.

Come, run after me, 
And I will take you to the desert
And I will speak into your heart
In the unseen and secret place.

Come, run after me, 
Leave your burden,
Take up your cross
And walk up the narrow road.

Come, run after me,
Because I am the Way
Because I am the Truth
And in me you will find Life.

I guide you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.*

My way is that of poverty,
My walk, of obedience.
Come, learn from me
Follow me, I will give you the bread of life.

Come, run, follow the Lamb!
In the poverty of Bethlehem, 
In the exile of Egypt,
Follow me to the Temple, to the Jordan,
In the solitude of the desert,
Through the towns of Israel,
With the sick and the poor, 
In the sea, in the storm;
Follow me to Jerusalem,
Riding on a donkey;
In the pain of Gethsemane,
Arrested, beaten, sentenced,
Run with me to Calvary,
Follow me up to the cross.
And I will give you the promise of life; look!
The road goes to the new Jerusalem,
The dwellings that I have prepared
In the Fatherís house.

*Proverbs 4: 11-12

Ana Teresa Perrem and her husband Dominic are members of Antioch Community in London, UK. 
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