Date added: 05/01/2017
"You were called to freedom, brothers,
only make sure this freedom does not let sin crouch at your door;
if you are at each other so ferociously,
watch that you do not kill each other:
if you are led by the spirit - with its life-giving harvest
you will not be under the law - with its deadly flesh"
(trans. Gal 5.13-18)
Ever since we fell short to another
to our better brother
that guilt, paralysing,
left us restless -
that blood poured out
cries up to the Father,
but what it says
we dare not consider;
a convicted sinner
holds the withering harvest
Yet that flesh
held out so fresh
rots all the same
and the plain condemnation
that kills Cain kills Abel.
And so two brothers,
away from the Father's house
one concerned with flesh
the other with acceptance
hear it: live in the Spirit.
where the flesh counts for nothing
where the fruit is accepted
where the temple crumbles falteringly
where the faltering body becomes a temple
where the restless find home.
So the divisions that plagued races
til the passing of ages
degrades in that crucified embrace
- both brothers so small
at the feet of Christ their all in all.
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