Do not seek death, death will find you.
But seek the road that makes death a fulfilment.
Another resurrection story. In the township of Nain
an only son joins Lazarus, and in time, Jesus himself.
(Let’s be generous, and add the daughter of Jairus;
that makes four members of the resurrection guild.)
Perhaps the widow’s son will outlive her, this time;
(this is the way things should be).
Then she will be spared the bitterness
of rekindled grief.
Another resurrection story,
but they are all really part of the one.
Death’s ultimate conqueror
having come among us.
The ones who followed after him
eventually understood that bodily resurrections
have little use
beyond the postponement of grief.
should be received as a divine gift.
Death’s purpose is not found in its reversal
They have an efficacious power
written deep within the interstices of their syllables;
these words of Jesus.
We disciples should repeat them often,
even the difficult ones.
We should speak them confidently
with an attitude of blessing, hope
Be at peace! Forgive!
Love your neighbour!
(And your enemies.)
Do for others
as you would have them do for you!
Walk away from your wealth!
(How did that one sneak in?)
Be free! Live fully! Follow!
laying aside reservations
and overcoming our inhibitions,
we might even voice the words
loudly, in public spaces.
We could spray them rudely on walls,
pass them out with cups of water,
or paint them boldly upon our faces;
shouting with appropriate outrage and defiance,
and causing good people