Who takes away the sin of the world

      The wolf shall live with the lamb,
         the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
         the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
         and a little child shall lead them.

                  —Isaiah 11.6

We are consumed by our violence and greed,
ravening lions eating all around us,
even our own young—trapped in our hunger’s illusion
that we need more, need to be more.
Who will save us?

Not a greater lion who will torment us into submission
but a lamb who will save us from our deepest fear,
our fear of being no one, though we will treat him as a nobody;
who will satisfy our truest hunger,
not for blood but for love, though it will cost his blood.

Only those who are nonviolent will save us.
The Child cries out to us in the Jesus nailed to a cross
(in the Martin Luther King, Jr, the Martin Trayvon,
the Malcom X, the Sandra Bland):You need not kill or hurt or dominate
in desperate hunger for divine power,
for see: I am already within you;
and you are as guilty and as forgiven as you can possibly be,
given infinite love and life.
You are filled, and well, and safe. Be at peace.
Behold the lamb of God,
who takes away the sin of the world.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

January 15, 2020

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