PSALM OF THE PASSION
- Those were cruel days in Roman times:
human flesh was cheap for crude enjoyment.
- Of course, we’re very different, enlightened now:
today we are more sensitive and civilised.
- Yet still there’s genocide in Africa:
Europe is stained in red with ethnic cleansing,
- the terrorist is vicious, maiming anyone:
cruelty is alive and well in hostage taking,
- and still there’s deprivation, increasing poverty:
the poor are on our streets, ignored, forgotten.
- A crimson hanging glows, the passion of Christ:
even the sky is red, as Jesus suffers.
- The word for Christ in torment we use for sex:
our violent anger of love is passion for Jesus –
- substituted love, from a tortured man:
his passion can be for me, to help me live.
- ’You cannot know much of God’ dying he said:
’unless you know something of suffering, too,’
- for suffering leads to dying, and also joy:
the never-ending vitality of our God.