Go, therefore, among the many nations
whom I love, and
standing on their own ground
not on yours, remember
that to baptize is to recognize
the holiness of water.
And teach yourselves
so that you can learn with others
how I walked on the earth
with justice and compassion,
with healing and with hope.
I will be with those
who face pepper spray and tanks,
dogs trained to attack,
rubber bullets, concussion cannons
who are arrested as I was,
till the end of the age,
which is no vague metaphor,
nor an individualistic platitude.
I will be with you
in each place where the need is great
and you are full of fear,
just as I am at Standing Rock,
facing the Dakota Access Pipeline,
in the name of the Creator of sacred earth,
the Spirit in all wind that blows,
and my name,
born in the water of the womb,
washed in death,
risen in the river of life.
Matthew 28: 19-20
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’
This poem was actually inspired by Richard Bott’s beautiful rendition of the Great Commission and David Archambault II’s plea for support for the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.