El pan nuestro — Guest Post by Gerardo Oberman of Argentina

El pan nuestro

Danos,
Dios de la tierra y de los trigales,
el pan nuestro de cada día.
Ese pan que no nos pertenece,
que es tuyo y que es generoso,
que es pan para compartir,
que es pan que se hace bendito
cuando alcanza a cada persona,
cuando sacia hambres y soledades,
cuando no se acapara ni se esconde.

Pero no nos des sólo el pan,
danos también la dignidad que se nos niega
en estos mundos nuestros
donde los muros y las guerras
y las grietas y las ambiciones
y los neoliberalismos y los fundamentalismos
excluyen, marginan, condenan, expulsan, matan.

Danos mesas donde poder encontrarnos
para celebrar nuestras humanas diversidades.
Danos la capacidad del abrazo, de la mirada cálida,
de la mano tendida, del corazón sensible,
del compromiso con la plenitud de la vida.

Danos palabras que animen,
acciones que incluyan,
gestos que esperancen,
canciones que dibujen mañanas
de panes tiernos y justos
y de copas rebosantes del vino de la equidad.

Thanks to Katie Fiegenbaum for the translation.

Our bread

Give us,
God of the land and of the wheat field,
our daily bread.
That bread which does not belong to us,
but it is yours and you are generous.
It is bread to share,
bread that has been blessed
when it is enough for each person,
when it satisfies hunger and loneliness,
when it is not hoarded or hidden.

But you do not give only bread,
you also give us the dignity that we are denied
in these worlds of ours
where the walls and the wars
and the crevices and coveting desires
and the neoliberalisms and the fundamentalisms
exclude, marginalize, condemn, expel, kill.

Give us tables where we can meet
to celebrate our human diversity.
Give us a capacity for the hug, the warm gaze,
the outstretched hand, sensitive heart,
of the commitment to the fullness of life.

Give us words that cheer us up,
actions that include us,
signs that give us hope,
songs that draw tomorrows
of tender and just bread
and overflowing cups of the wine of equality.

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