28 June 2020 – Sunday 13A (COCU 45A)

(Matthew 10:40-42)
Asylum seekers
arriving by proscribed means
locked away off-shore.

Our leaders proclaim
we have saved lives, stopped the boats
kept our country safe.

And reward themselves
in giving hopeful no hope
for year upon year.

Yet others welcome,
advocate, plead and defend
those called illegal.

It is sometimes said
the task is its own reward –
perhaps that is so.

A cup of water
given in compassion
is reward enough.
        Jeff Shrowder, 2020
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