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Quote of the Week

posted by Tony Jones
Where shall the word be found, where will the word
Resound? Not here, there is not enough silence.
-T.S. Eliot
Ash Wednesday (1930)



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Brian

posted March 12, 2009 at 10:22 pm


“I Feel Sorry for Jesus” – Naomi Shihab Nye
People won’t leave Him alone.
I know He said, Wherever two or more
are gathered in my name … but
I’ll bet some days He regrets it.
Cozily they tell you what He wants
and doesn’t want as if they just got an e-mail.
Remember “Telephone,” that pass-it-on
where the message changed dramatically by the time
it rounded the circle? Well.
People blame terrible pieties on Jesus.
They try to feel like His Special Pet.
Jesus deserves better.
I think He’s been exhausted for a very long time.
He went into the desert, friends.
He didn’t go into the pomp.
He didn’t go into the golden chandeliers
and say, the truth tastes better here,
See? I’m talking like I know.
It’s dangerous talking for Jesus.
You get carried away almost immediately.
I stood in the spot where He was born.
I closed my eyes where He died and didn’t die.
Every twist of the Via Dolorosa was written on my skin.
And that makes me feel like being silent you know?
A secret pouch of listening.
You won’t bear me talk about this again.



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