you looked down from the cross
at those who had beaten you,
laughed at you,
and you saw the terrible eyes of your enemies
watching, waiting for you to die.
Beyond the hatred, beyond the violence,
of those desperate men
you saw your Father's love
And you responded
in love and said:
"Father, forgive them;
they do not know what they are doing."
"Love your enemies, do good
to those who hate you, bless those who curse
you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the
person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the
other as well
. Love your enemies and do
good to them
then your reward will be
great and you will be children of the Most High,
for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."
when my enemies
are watching, waiting for me to fall
let me not be blinded by pain and anger
so much that I can no longer
Give me resurrection
that I might see
even my enemies
as our merciful Father sees them.
The Prodigal Son
by Giovanni Buttaci© Used with permission.