A sample from Book 2
we live in a closed fear
our laugh a bit queer
He† died on the cross—
so we may not be lost
we build a big house
we’re not treated like a mouse
He† was beaten by a strap—
releasing us from our trap
we worship the almighty green
it matters how we are seen
His† skin fell from his body—
while they stood laughing
we spend wanting the best
who cares about the rest
His† mother watched her son—
evildoers had their fun
we ridicule the less fortunate—
breed cruelty and hate
His† skin soaked in blood—
hitting the ground...raging flood
we spit the hungry in the face
carrying around a can of mace
He† wore a crown of thorns—
so we can be reborn
how much more can we take
how much more can we fake
He† forgave us for our sin—
how many prayers can we lend
(2004/05)—If you asked me to describe this day, this year in a sense of its character, its morality, I would shudder with a peculiar sickening feeling in my gut unable to explain thoroughly what causes it.
How could anyone describe the character of the way in which we live? How could anyone explain it with any truth or coherence? We are surrounded by greed and all its material worth. We believe the more tangible assets we have the better. We have forgotten our hearts, our passions. We have settled for comfort instead of reaching for truth. We blame others for our shortcomings. We live for that blame. We sacrifice for that blame.
With our men at war in the holy land trying to find peace, are these people in the desert trying to tell us something we’re failing to hear? The almighty powerful West. We say In God We Trust but do we really trust him? We have that printed on the very dollars we spend—isn’t that ironic. Our dreams are washed up in the West. We have replaced God with the tangible, with the greed.
There are no words to describe this day, this year. Sexual misconduct by priest, Wall Street gone a muck with Martha Steward, a writer grosses a billion dollars, a pop star faces prison for child molestation.
Where are we today? What have we done to the land of the free? Our children are not allowed to pray during school. The very Commandments we built our country on are no longer allowed to stand watch in our buildings of honor. But yet In God We Trust.
We are in search of someone to believe in. We are tired of liars. But yet we hold onto racism. We hold onto blame. Our ancestors were ridiculed so we are today. Why are we still punishing ourselves for the past? Why don’t we listen and learn from the past? If we can remember hatred, why can’t we remember love?
This day is a day of change. In my heart there is a change. Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Jesus Christ marks that change. A movie being viewed by millions yet it’s not drama or action. It’s not part of the imagination. It is about a man the world has been shutting out.
I am glad Mel Gibson put his honor on the line so that we may open our eyes to reality and the life that gave us hope. In all the press coverage that Gibson’s film received, the question that irritates me the most is ‘Why did he do it?’How funny that we should ask that question. The real question that should have been asked is ‘Why hadn’t it been done sooner?’We’re so concerned with making money and all its glory that we have forgotten who we are.
There’s a question out there—why did so many people who hadn’t gone to the movie theaters in ten-twenty years, go see Gibson’s film? Maybe because there is a higher power that’s greater than us that we can’t impress with money. Material possessions mean nothing to the self or to the understanding of who we are. Sometimes, we have to look beyond the front doors of our fancy houses, beyond the doors of our expensive cars, beyond the name brands of our clothes to see what really matters—that’s the self. In the end, you can’t take all those treasures with you. In the end, they mean nothing. In the end, you’re on your own.
(April 19, 2014)—When I think of the Passion, I think of the betrayal. Jesus was betrayed. They didn’t stand up for Him. They didn’t fight for Him. They didn’t put themselves on the line for Him. They let Him be crucified. Only after He proved His Light, did they celebrate Him.
Does that ring a bell? They all crucify you when you are honest. They all betray and abandon you when you are down, struggling, and weak. They all stand with the enemy because it’s easier than facing the truth, it’s easier than having to explain to you why they abandoned you, it’s easier to deny than to face their fallacy. They completely ignore you like you were dead. But once you regain your ground, once you have peace, then they want to be a part of your life again.
If you don’t make it and kill yourself, they stand at your funeral, celebrate you and lie about loving you so others will feel sorry for them; hence, when they betray you, when they mourn your death, they are seeking some ill-mannered celebrity status…living something that isn’t true to gain sympathy because they can’t face who they really are.
One’s actions tell everything about a person’s character.
Jesus forgave all of those who betrayed him because they asked to be forgiven. They asked to be forgiven. They saw their wrong. You don’t owe those who have done you wrong one damn thing. You don’t owe them an apology. They owe you. Never forget that. They owe you.
Love the skin you’re in and remember why we celebrate the Passion. Tomorrow, all of you will be in some church or other. I won’t. I find God is better praised in my heart and not surrounded by people who treat me wrong but claim to praise God in the same breath.
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