for all Christians, Muslims, Hindus or Jews
whose hearts are consumed
by a zeal that has hardened them;
whose vision is partial,
whose mind is narrowed,
whose perceptions are simplified,
whose soul is poisoned.
we read of Jesus that
"zeal for your house consumed him".
without the zeal of a burning love for you
that will endure through
the night-time of our enmities
we shall not see your kingdom come.
that you give us
a zeal that insists on acceptance
a commitment that endures in non-violence
and a patience that works for your coming;
only our tribalism and prejudice
which separate us
from those different to us.