He was old, tired and sweaty,

pushing his homemade chart down the alley,

stopping now and then to poke around in somebody’s garbage.

I wanted to tell him about EUCHARIST,

but the look in his eyes, the despair on his face,

the hopelessness of somebody else’s life in his cart,

told me to forget it.

So I smiled, said, “Hi” and gave him EUCHARIST.


She lived alone, her husband dead, her family gone,

and she talked at you, not to you,

words, endless words, spewed out.

So I listened and gave her EUCHARIST


Downtown is nice,

Lights change from red to green, and back again.

I gulp them in, said, “Thank you, Father,”

and made them EUCHARIST.


I laughed at myself, and told myself,

“You with all your sin, and all your selfishness,

I forgive you, I accept you, I love you.”

It’s nice, and so necessary to give yourself EUCHARIST.


My Father, when will we learn –

You cannot talk EUCHARIST,

philosophise about it,


You don’t dogmatise EUCHARIST

Sometimes you laugh it, sometimes you cry it.

Often you sing it,

Sometimes it’s wild peace,

then crying hurt, often humiliating, never deserved.


You see EUCHARIST in another’s eyes,

give it in another’s hand held tight,

squeeze it in an embrace.

You pause Eucharist in the middle of a busy day,

speak it in another ear, listen to it from a person who wants to talk.

For EUCAHRSIT is as simple as being on time, and as profound as sympathy.

I give you my supper, I give you my sustenance,

I give you my life, I give you me.

I give you EUCHARIST.


R Voight

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