Monday, May 28, 2018

We thank you Lord,

that we are not like other nations:

            hungry for enough food,

            thirsty for drinkable water,

            sick for lack of medicine,

            drowning in international debt.

We thank you for preserving us

as the apple of your divine eye.

We thank you for Caiaphas, your high priest,

who said:

            "Better that one man die for the people,

            than that a whole nation perish."

Yes, Lord.

Better that those hundreds on death row die than our nation perish.

Better that three thousand Chileans die than our nation perish.

Better that fifty thousand Nicaraguans die than our nation perish.

Better that eighty thousand Salvadorans die than our nation perish.

Better that two hundred thousand Guatemalans die than our nation perish.

Better that seven hundred thousand Cambodians die than our nation perish.

Better that half a million Iraqis die than our nation perish.

Better that two million Vietnamese die than our nation perish.

Better that four million Native Americans die than our nation perish.

We thank you for having them die for our sins.

We thank you that on the Day of Resurrection,

we shall receive their thanks

for us being instruments of their sacrifice.

And you shall glorify us as a nation of priests,

and receive us into your kingdom

prepared for us since the foundation of the world.

Good Friday

April 2, 1999