This week begins with the news that the Indonesian Government intends to proceed with the execution by firing squad of ten people convicted of drug offenses.
As part of the global movement for the abolition of the death penalty I invite you to join me in vigil for these people.
Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso;
Serge Areski Atlaoui;
Raheem Agbaje Salami;
Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise;
You let your rain fall on the just and the unjust.
Expand and deepen our hearts
so that we may love as You love,
even those among us
who have caused the greatest pain by taking life.
as we fill up death rows and kill the killers
in the name of justice, in the name of peace.
you suffered execution at the hands of the state
but you did not let hatred overcome you.
Help us to reach out to victims of violence
so that our enduing love may help them heal.
You strengthen us in the struggle for justice.
Help us to work tirelessly
for the abolition of state-sanctioned death
and to renew our society in its very heart
so that violence will be no more. Amen.