An Easter Triptych – Good Friday

The last time I was here on Calvary

it was San Cristobal, Colombia,

with campesinos, drinking their coffee

saccharine against bitterness in a

bean that stains, shapes and, sometimes, saves their hands.

There was piety and fish-fry parties,

via cruces, long pilgrimages and

a slap-dash church erected in the three

room school, which went in and out of power.

I heard confessions and accusations

in equal shares.  Finally a tower

of a cross, with some exasperation,

was raised up and perilously planted.

This people, please God, never abandon.

Greg Kennedy, SJ is assigned to the spiritual exercises ministry at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario.

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