THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
PRAYER by Padraig O Tuama
Jesus where some people saw winning
you saw the stories of everyone who’d lost before.
And while you could easily win
you most often pointed towards
the populations who’d been excluded.
You became excluded.
And are excluded still.
Gather us all in the corners of exclusion
so that we can learn what really matters,
and set aside traps and threats and executions.
Because you were threatened, trapped and executed
and even this did not deter you
from what was most
Love, you said, love.
Love of God and love of neighbor, love.
Love of enemy too. And earth.
And all living things that live upon the earth.
Father Bill +