Acknowledgement & Alienation—Reconciliation & Homecoming

In small ways, in our busy lives

We confess that sometimes we close our ears to the voices of the many

we close our eyes to the evidence of injustice all around us

we close our mouths when we should speak up, speak out.

 

Unthinkingly

we flick to a less disturbing channel

drown out the anthems of the dispossessed

ignore the cries for justice sprayed on freshly-painted walls.

 

Sincerely

we resolve to do more, do better, be better

to listen more intently, speak more patiently

give generously of our gifts and time.

 

Ruefully

we confess we’ve once again got wrapped up in our smaller worlds

ignored the bigger picture; just… not got around to it. Again.

 

And again we’re sorry. Again we repent.

And again, we are forgiven.

 

We lay down the burden of things undone.

We let go of the times we’ve taken shortcuts,

treated earth as an infinite warehouse of resources;

when we’ve settled for being less than we can be

when we’ve lived for the moment, not in it.

 

We forgive each other. We forgive ourselves.

And, again we are forgiven.

 

This is our Via Dolorosa and this is our Easter Day:

that what was broken is made whole

that what was spilled, overflows.

Amen