April 10, 2009

Excerpts from “THE CRUCIFIED” (written on Good Friday)‏

Posted in Philosophy, Psychology, Religion tagged , , , , , at 12:55 am by randallbutisingh

Excerpts from “THE CRUCIFIED” (written on Good Friday)

By: Khalil Gibran
 
Humanity looks upon Jesus the Nazarene as a poor-born, who suffered misery and humiliation with all of the weak. And He is pitied, for
Humanity believes He was crucified painfully. ... And all that
Humanity offers to Him is crying and wailing and lamentation. For centuries Humanity has been worshipping weakness in the person of the Saviour.
 
The Nazarene was not weak!  He was strong and is strong!  But the people refuse to heed the true meaning of strength.
 
Jesus never lived a life of fear, nor did He die suffering or complaining. ... He lived as a leader; He was crucified as a crusader;
He died with a heroism that frightened His Killers and tormentors.
 
........  Oh, crucified Jesus, Who art looking sorrowfully from Mount
Calvary at the sad procession of the Ages, and hearing the clamour of the dark nations, and understanding the dreams of Eternity.    Thou art, on the Cross, more glorious and dignified than one thousand kings upon one thousand thrones in one thousand empires.....
 
Thou art in the agony of death, more powerful than one thousand generals in one thousand wars....
    With Thy sorrows, Thou art more joyous than Spring with its flowers....
    With Thy suffering, Thou art more bravely silent than the crying
angels of heaven.....
     Before Thy lashers, Thou art more resolute than the mountain of rock....
    Thy wreath of thorns is more brilliant and sublime than the crown
of Bahram. ... The nails piercing Thy hands are more beautiful than
the sceptre of Jupiter. ...
 
The spatters of blood on Thy feet are more resplendent than the necklace of Ishtar.
    Forgive the weak who lament Thee today, for they do not know how
to lament themselves. ...
Forgive them for they do not know that Thou has conquered death with
death, and bestowed life upon the dead.. ...
   Forgive them, for they do not know that Thy strength still awaits them. ...
Forgive them, for they do not know that every day is Thy day.
 
Khalil Gibran     from Khalil Gibran reader.

- Submitted by Patanjali Ramlall - Guest Contributor -
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2 Comments »

  1. patanjali ramlall said,

    “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do”
    Probably the ten greatest words of Compassion, Forgiveness, and Love, uttered by one in the throes of death.

    He lived and died what He preached. Even in death He did not perceive His Killers as enemies.
    I wish us all a GOOD FRIDAY.

  2. randallbutisingh said,

    On this Holiest of days, I leave with you these thoughts by the great Hymn writer I.Watts found in two stanzas oF the HYMN taken from HYMNS, Ancient and Modern for use in the services of the Church:

    When I survey the wondrous cross
    On which the Prince of glory died;
    My richest gain I count but loss,
    And pour contempt on all my pride.

    ———————————-

    Were the whole realm of nature mine
    That were an offering far too small;
    Love so amazing, so Divine,
    Demands my soul, my life, my all.

    You may read the entire Hymn from the Hymnal
    or it can be supplied on the Blog by request.


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