Good Friday Meditation Year A

John Michael Gutierrez, Ph.D.

One of the crucified lamented….

Jesus can you throw me a line….
         All I wanted was something better for us
                 My wife, my loving heart
                         We were so poor
                         But you so rich
                                 Your eyes sparkle silver in the starry night
                                 Your face glows golden in the day’s sunset
                 And now… and now… this is the end
Jesus can you throw a dying man a line….

Jesus can you throw me a line….
         My son, my only son, won’t you remember me
         I can’t be with you any longer
                 A freedom fighter’s life is never free
                 It’s getting dark, too dark to see
Jesus can you throw a dying man a line….

Jesus can you throw me a line…
         All I wanted was peace on earth
                 I hold my breath for as long as I can
                 Waves of pain roll over my face
                 I pray for the strength not to want to breath
                 Fluid fills my lungs, I want to collapse
         All I wanted was peace on earth
Jesus can you throw a dying man a line….

Jesus can you throw me a line..
         I asked questions I didn’t want answered
                 Voices in my head, voices in my heart
                 Nails in my wrists, nails in my ankles
         All I wanted was peace on earth
Jesus can you throw a dying man a line…

Jesus can you throw me a line….
         My god, there’s a red river flowing away from me
                 It’s separating me from all I know and love
                 My name isn’t even written above my head
         I’ll be lost to everyone’s memory soon
Jesus can you throw a dying man a line….

Jesus can you throw a dying man hope?
Jesus can you throw a dying man faith?
Jesus can you throw a dying man love?
Jesus king of the Jews remember me!

And Jesus answered
         You didn’t have to go it alone
         I could have taken some of the blows
         You could have given some of the pain to me
Give it to me now!
Truly I tell you Today you will be with me in paradise

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