So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.’ Then the people as a whole answered, ‘His blood be on us and on our children!’ So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. Matthew 27:24-31
We are daily put aside, lead away
the voices of the innocents and aliens
sidelined by power and greed
sent away hoping to silence love.
Love voice stronger than death itself
was not heard by the executioners
the weeping and fallen specatators
felt deep within them the roar of justice.
The powerful will entomb the weak
but love breaks through enormous stones
rolls away the oppression and the doubt
exposing the vicious for who they are.
Love does not bend to punish rulers
instead makes it case daily for the poor
can be found on the margins and in camps
where food is shared and nothing hoarded.
Let us hear the voice of love today
let justice run down like the rain
may we set free the prisoners of the greedy
working with kindness in killing fields.