For Psalm Sunday from Argentina

Saludamos tu presencia

Saludamos tu presencia en medio nuestro, Señor,
como aquel día en que entraste,
sobre un burrito prestado,
a aquella ciudad en la que fuiste aclamado y odiado,
recibido y rechazado, alabado e insultado.
Levantamos nuestras manos al cielo,
como señal de gratitud,
así como muchos pusieron aquel día
sus propias ropas sobre el camino
y agitaban palmas a tu paso
para darte la bienvenida,
para expresarte su alegría,
para manifestar su esperanza…
Cada brazo extendido
era un sueño de libertad,
un deseo de paz,
la ilusión de un mañana mejor.
Y cada grito elevado al cielo
contenía los anhelos de generaciones
de hombres y de mujeres
lastimados por la injusticia
y heridos por el desprecio.
Nosotros hoy,
desde nuestras propias situaciones
de dolor o de desilusión,
de tristeza o de frustración,
te saludamos con fe,
te recibimos con amor,
te entregamos todo lo que somos
y prometemos acompañarte
por el camino que nos propongas.
Bienvenido, Señor Jesús, a tu casa…
Gracias por venir a nosotros.

Gerardo Oberman

We greet your presence

We greet your presence among us, Lord,
as on that day you entered on a borrowed donkey,
to that city which welcomed and hated you,
where you were received and rejected, acclaimed and hated.
We lift our hands to heaven, in gratefulness,
the same way many, on that day, laid down their robes
and waved the palm leaves as you passed by them, and
they welcomed you, in happiness and expressing deep hope,
it was a dream of freedom, a desire for peace,
the illusion of a better tomorrow.
And with each shout that went up to heaven
there were the yearnings of generations
women and men, hurt by injustice,
wounded by disdain.
We here today, living our own situations
of pain or disappointment,
sadness or frustration…
We greet you with faith,
we welcome you with love
we give you all we are and we
promise to accompany you
on the way you propose.
Welcome, Lord Jesus, to your home…
Thank you for coming to us.

Trad. (translation) Roberto Jordan

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