Sunday, March 8, 2009

Second Sunday in Lent

jesus never promised a life of ease
he said: carry the cross, and
be ye perfect

need i say that i am not?

i love the beatitudes, for their soothing poetry;
i dread to read them, for their idealistic nerve:

blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth
blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy
blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God
blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God

surely jesus wasn't serious?

i rationalize my choice when they compromise the ideal;
i see sadly my pattern for acquiescing to worldly attitudes:

blessed are the rich in wealth, for the earth belongs to them
blessed are the powerful, for they will be made rulers
blessed are the merciless, for they will win the race
blessed are the proud, for they will know popularity
blessed are the warriors, for they will be praised as patriots

no, jesus never promised a life of ease
but he said: i am with you always, and
be blessed

need i say that i am?

i am abundantly blessed

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