I Thirst

I am Thirsty

(pause)

Jesus’s Words rattle in my mouth

I am Thirsty

Our collective voices sputter, aching for relief

I am Thirsty

Our throats are parched, from the sins in this world

Forcibly poured down our throat

(pause)

We are thirsting

We remain rooted to the brutal roughness of a dying Earth

Waiting for the rains to refresh the bitter, sour tastes

Of hatred

Of ignorance

Of suffering

Of apathy

Of prejudice

Of death

(pause)

There is pain etched into our cracked features

As our eyes ascend to the Cross

As we watch You perish

And where You are still weeping

Because instead of the empire with the nails cradled cruelly in their hands

It is we, humanity, who hold these weapons of destruction in our own

It is we, humanity, who mock you

(pause)

We don’t recognize our own shadows

There-

Dancing, scornful, jeering

There-

In the dying embers of the day

There-

Demeaning those who bear scars

Rope burns

Bruises

Because their presence is a reminder

Of the sins of their fathers and mother

There-

Do you not see?

Contaminating Creation

Spilling out the sacredness of Life

Because their lives are deemed not worthy

And only good for consuming

There-

Can we not hear?

Of bodies being broken under the weight

Of pain too heavy to bear

Mocked because they refuse to remove the Cross

Because they refuse to discard the stories

Of those society shuts out their ears

Ridiculing what the Beloved Savior taught

Loving one’s neighbor

Your neighbor

Your Black neighbor

Your transgendered neighbor

Your homeless neighbor

Your oppressed neighbor

Love your neighbor

Yes, love your neighbor who can’t see the need for justice

Who is apathetic

Who passes laws to deny one’s humanity

Who refuses to shatter the bubble

Who refuses to share the Peace

Who stands in the pews,

On the street

Mocking us

Because we remain rooted to this earth

Beneath the Cross

Because we cradle the forgotten in our arms

Because we shelter with our bodies those that have been abused

Misused

Because there is nothing we can do

To comfort Jesus upon the Cross

There is nothing in the abyss of our souls

Those wells have run dry

Parched

Contaminated with the water that runs along our journey

Water that is cloudy, sour

Choking the Life out of us

(pause)

Jesus too, drinks of this water-

Tainted and soiled with sins and mixed with the agony and sorrow of this world

Flooding, washing, immersing back into and over humanity

Pouring out, over this Creation

LIFE

LIFE FROM THE CROSS

God wept for God’s Son

As the evil, the negative, the darkness of this world

Danced with jubilation

As Christ’s life faded on the Cross

God has wept for God’s People

As the evil, the negative, the darkness in this world

Claims dominion over Creation

As our lives too, seem to fade

Because we are searching for God

(pause)

But God hears, and God sees

And God LOVES

And God sent God’s Son

To reclaim what is GOD’s

US, Beloved!

Remember the pain of the Cross

And Believe in the Resurrection

And the Presence of the Risen and Beloved Savior.

Thanks Be To God.

 

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