Remember

You promised, God. You promised. Yet we look backward, we look forward, we look side to side, and surrounding us are the floodwaters of violence and the rains of despair. You promised to remember, but we are drowning. You promised to remember, but we are dying —...

Betrayal

When we have shouted ourselves hoarseand returned home from the parade,forgive our wavering commitment to love. When we have finished our hymnsand departed from the comforts of worship,forgive our fickle faithfulness. When we have passed the plate of breadand swept up...

In Seven Words (Good Friday)

What evil has been done? came the question, but they were too enraged. His innocence was not worth more than their satisfaction, their safety, their righteousness. He must be guilty, because they must be good. Arrest him, they shouted. Let him be a lesson, they said,...

Denial

To die for life — what a laugh! To accept the kiss of betrayal — such foolishness! To save by suffering — only delusion! I cannot stand such shame — there is no glory in this, No glory in human death — since Cain, you have known this...

Good Friday (Lent 39)

“Do you know what I have done to you?” You have retold my story, loving it like it was your own, changing it by your holy imagination. “Do you know what you have done to me?” We have co-opted your story, loving it like we were its heroes,...

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