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Offline Monk Vasyl

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When Jesus Came to Birmingham
« on: January 27, 2011, 12:19:28 PM »
I was introduced to this poem, when I was in seminary, by our retreat master.  That was 30 yrs ago and it still haunts me.  Recently I was able to find it on the web and I want to share it with you (I used it in my homily for the Sanctify of Life Sunday):

When Jesus Came to Birmingham                                 
                          by: Sean Wright

When Jesus came to Golgotha, they hanged Him on a tree,
They drove great nails through hands and feet, and made a Calvary;
They crowned Him with a crown of thorns, red were His wounds and deep,
For those were crude and cruel days, and human flesh was cheap.

When Jesus came to Birmingham, they simply passed Him by.
They would not hurt a hair of Him, they only let Him die;
For men had grown more tender, and they would not give Him pain,
They only just passed down the street, and left Him in the rain.

Still Jesus cried, 'Forgive them, for they know not what they do, '
And still it rained the winter rain that drenched Him through and through;
The crowds went home and left the streets without a soul to see,
And Jesus crouched against a wall, and cried for Calvary.



The unworthy hierodeacon, Vasyl

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Re: When Jesus Came to Birmingham
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2011, 01:31:59 PM »

....that's so sad.
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Re: When Jesus Came to Birmingham
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2011, 02:48:05 PM »
W. E. B. Du Bois, the first African-American PhD from Harvard, wrote a short essay on Jesus Christ in Texas.
If you will, you can become all flame.
Extra caritatem nulla salus.
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Re: When Jesus Came to Birmingham
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2011, 11:25:24 PM »

....that's so sad.

Its a sad commentary about our society.
The unworthy hierodeacon, Vasyl

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Re: When Jesus Came to Birmingham
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2011, 11:56:29 PM »
Lord, Jesus break my heart with what breaks Yours.

Thank you for posting this.  I needed to read it.
In His Mercy,
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Re: When Jesus Came to Birmingham
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Re: When Jesus Came to Birmingham
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2014, 09:39:15 AM »
A moving poem. :'(
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