Poem: “Repayment”

“And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”
                                                                        –Matthew 6:4
What will God find when He looks
within, searching a soul emptied
to make a dwelling place for Him?

He will see Himself, for that is all
my soul can hold. And when He sees
Himself, rejoicing at the Love He’s found—

a Love that is also Him—how is it He
will repay me, who am neither the seeker
nor the Love, but only the container

in which He dwells? Without His blood,
a chalice is only a cup; without His bodyeucharist
a tabernacle just a box. He creates

and sustains all I am and yet it is He
who repays me—a strange repayment
of that which was never first given.

Tim Bete

Tim Bete writes from Ohio where he lives with his family and helps create affordable housing for seniors. He is a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites, Community of Our Mother of Good Counsel. Tim’s writing has appeared in the Amazing Grace anthology series and CatholicExchange.com, among other places. You can read more of his poetry at InteriorCell.wordpress.com.