The people stood by, watching;
but the leaders scoffed at him, saying,
“He saved others; let him save himself
if he is the Messiah of God, God’s chosen one!”
The soldiers also mocked him,
coming up and offering him sour wine,
and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”
No matter how imperious we are
in our judgments, how absolute in our violence,
we are wrong.
No matter how it is scorned,
love reigns supreme.
Despite how it is desecrated,
Though it is maligned and violated,
the mercy of God prevails.
No matter how we object,
grace is the foundation of the world.
Regardless of how cruelly you are treated,
you, Beloved, are still the chief of our hearts.
We are still eating of the tree,
still convinced we know good and evil,
though we do not.
The cross and the empty grave
are when God calls bullshit
on all our judgments and violence.
No matter what we insist,
or how strongly,
only love is right.
Only love reigns supreme.