Hidden God – Saint Thomas Aquinas


To honour Thomas Aquinas, I re-post my attempt at paraphrasing one of Thomas’s great Eucharistic hymns:

Lord, we do adore you; deep in love we’re falling.
You in bread, in wine, are hiding, heat as in the flame.
Lord, you feed us wholly, for our hearts you’re calling;
But, Lord, we’re nothing, nothing can we claim.

Taste and touch are failing; seeing is deceiving,
Only in the sense of hearing do we know it’s you.
I believe our God’s Word, memory retrieving
Truth from the Scriptures, Jesus tells it true.

On the cross you’re hiding, God as human here,
You are God and human, and both death and life exist.
I believe, and trusting that my faith is clear;
I pray the prayer of the terrorist*.

Thomas touched your woundings; those I cannot warrant.
My faith depends on trusting in the here and now.
Help me then to know you with a heart transparent,
Seek hope: I love you more in every hour.

Bread ignites our memory of our Maker dying.
Bread and wine are living, and burn with His life afire.
Help me journey forward on our God relying
And find the sweetness people all desire.

2012

*The two bandits crucified with Jesus were probably armed rebels, in today’s word, terrorists.

Paraphrase of Thomas Aquinas Adoro Te Devoto.
Metre: 11.10.11.10 Tune: Nicæa TiS 132

Originally posted in 2012 at https://franciscanhymns.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/hidden-god/

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2 responses

  1. Thank you Ted. I enjoyed reading this. Having recently been reading about St Thomas Aquinas in Pelican’s “History of the Church” book 2, by R.W. Southern, I found that your interpretation gave fuller meaning to what I have read,

    1. Thomas is one of my heroes. He is an intellectual giant of the church – of the Western world, really, and his devotion to Christ in the Eucharist was heartfelt and beautifully expressed.

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