Friday, April 6, 2007

Good Friday

Today is Good Friday and Jesus is still in a cell, still being tortured, still awaiting execution. Every once in a while they extract him from his cage and make him stand trial before authorities who have already condemned him.

The chief priests of our religion collude with the Emperor, lest their temples lose their privileged status, lest they be accused --oh horrors!-- of treason or blasphemy or of inciting public disorder. So they shout like puppets on a string, "For God and country."

Or they keep a deadly collaborative silence, ignoring the brown-skinned man held in a pen like poultry. They do not cry out at his unjust imprisonment or at the false accusations brought against him or at his lack of a proper advocate before the law.

The chief priests have forgotten the words of the prophet quoted by the Prophet:

The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.


Can Christianity ever be anything less than subversive if it is to remain faithful to the prophets who defended the defenseless?

Jesus is still being held prisoner at Guantánamo Bay.

1 comment:

  1. Good piece, Liberata. The anger is appropriate, along with the real sadness that underlies it. We think alike in many ways. Cheers, PaL

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