Tuesday, December 1, 2015 … World AIDS Day
O You, who have no immunity,
no immunity to anything human —
come for the time to act is now,
and Bethlehem is wherever
people suffer from AIDS.
Bethlehem is manger –
south of the Sahara.
Bethlehem is shepherds –
work not done
by active, producing young people,
Bethlehem is the song of angels —
breathed so thinly
through HIV acquired tuberculosis.
Bethlehem is mary after mary –
women of reproductive age,
for this is the way that most of them die.
It is real — it is no pageant,
but there are so many children.
O You, who chose deficiency,
so long ago,
who chose all of our deficiencies —
come for the time to act is now. Amen.
- “The time to act is now” is the 2015 theme for World AIDS Day