Saturday, April 12, 2014

In Human Form

The following is a meditation on the events of Palm Sunday, based on Philippians 2:5-11, and the Passion Narrative from Matthew.

In Human Form

Jesus found himself in human form and so do we. 
Jesus suffered and died and alas, so do we.
He emptied himself we’re told and became obedient even unto 
   death, and so my friends do we.

Our obedience and his were not of the sort that wills it.
Even in his obedience, he said;
“Let this cup pass from me” and 
“My God, my God why have you forsaken me?”
But he died like us praying that another way might be found.

Like a common criminal he was hung to die
Just like another unknown human form, except to God
For each precious soul is numbered to God and loved to the end

And so as he is exalted high above all heavens
As Jesus is given a Name above all Names
So God looks to every human heart
And exalts us to where he too has gone before

And then at the Name of Jesus
Every knee shall bow
Like mine today as I bend the knee of my heart
His precious death and passion
Told to us again, his precious band of followers
The lame, the halt, the blind, the poor, those outcast billions!
They spread their palms and coats and the Royal King

Comes to the Holy City on a donkey
Riding in Majesty and lowly Pomp
Ride on, ride on, to die; and so my friends do we.

God meets us in human form upon the Cross of Jesus
We suffer and die together, we are raised together
We ascend and reign with him in Glory,

Our lips speak with the children’s cry “Hosanna!”
“Jesus Christ is Lord and King to the Glory of God on High!
Hosanna Lord, hosannah!”

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Fr Paul

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