(Written: 4/7/09 at 30-day retreat)
Oh Jesus, when you delivered your Inaugural Address
You already caused restlessness to the Synagogue elders
Citing Old Testament’s passages might be alright
But for the Jewish Elders, insulting them wouldn’t be right.
‘Doctor cure yourself’, you hinted them then
Because they looked you down for your origin.
And then you challenged them that they’re not worth saving
After proclaiming the word of the Lord in Isaiah’s scroll
Your words were gracious and you’re praised by almost all
When you sat down at the synagogue corner
All people’s eyes were at you, in awe and in wonder.
You were first admired by all there present
When you spoke with conviction as being sent
Then when you said something uncomfortable to their hearing
They drove you out to the brow of the hill, intent of killing.
Interestingly, you just walked through their midst
Pre-empting another wonder evident as your later deeds attest
From then on, you continued your ministry
To proclaim the Good News of Salvation for everybody.
Jesus I ask for courage to stand
To stand for the truth no matter what comes at hand
Help me to dare to challenge for God’s sake,
That like you, pride and honour I would forsake,
Mary I beg you to obtain me the grace
To rely solely on God in his Divine Grace
Father make me like your Son
Courageous and brave in proclaiming your love to everyone.