Here is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
We are burning down our house.
We murder our young.
We hate with pious practice.
Nations corrode nations. Leaders collude with evil.
Corruption, violence and the Bullying State prevail.
The Emperor polishes his tin crown.
Our children will not have it as easy as we did.
Our knees are not what they used to be.
It is not unreasonable to despair.
And here in this mess you take our sin. You take it
away. You take it into yourself where it dissolves
in the acid bath of your grace and becomes
by your strange alchemy hope,
not because we are not culpable
but because we are not separate from you,
because you die into us into us so gently,
occupy our awful, beautiful lives so fully,
that we are you,
January 14, 2020