lenten journal: sunday sonnet #26


    This Sunday is one with two faces,
    from shouts of hosanna to curses,
    and which emphasis that one places
    or whether one reads all the verses

    that take Jesus from palms to Passion
    and us from fanfare to forgiveness.
    We move in liturgical fashion
    to do all we can to bear witness

    to a love that will not let us go,
    even when we’re the cause of the pain.
    The two things held together help show
    our untamed God cannot be detained.

    Did ever such love and sorrow meet?
    This is our magnificent defeat.


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