Friday, December 10, 2010

Becoming Young

A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves. Luke 22:24-27

Not the one who gets chosen first
but the puny, grubby one at line's end
the foolish ones who throw themselves
in any available leaf pile or snowbank
and who hold hands through life.

Not as a conqueror but as the meek
sweet, foolish lambs, wandering snacking
a green and yellow meadow lit by
light and sweet-grass flavored
with a willingness to love and forgive.

Not as CEOs but as janitors, not presidents
but front line enlisted, we offer our lives
from love that is greater than today's politics
an eternal love stronger than fraternity.

Not as leaders but as followers we take up
the cross of Jesus, we take up forgiveness
and reconciliation, a lightness of heart
and a child's willingness of hope and promise.

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