The stones would cry out

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
As he rode along… the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would cry out.”
         —Luke 19.36-40

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” And the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen; your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground!

         — Genesis 4.9-10

The voice of God cries out
from beneath:
the blood of the victim,
the stones of the earth.

The Holy One,
not mighty among us,
but scorned and accused,
flows among the stones,
living, forgiving, beckoning.

Jesus rides the little donkey
up the road downward, down
into the teeth of our judgment,
the stones of our justice,
the blood of our human

The One who comes
in the name of the Lord
goes down into the darkness
of the death farthest from God,
silent, where, I tell you,
the stone
of the tomb
will cry out.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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