Song for Holy Week: Guilty Man

Judas Betrayal Icon“Judas is not the first or the last to betray the love of God for weak and willful human beings. Betrayal began with Adam and Eve; it runs like a thread through the story of Israel, and through our own.”

-from Magnificat 3/26/13

This song was written with the biblical scope of these betrayals in mind, specifically St. Peter and all of us who follow in his footsteps. Peter has a series of decisive encounters with Christ in which Christians are reminded of the simple and decisive contours of the Gospel that are played out in the midst of life’s banality. What better week to remember this banality and the redemption that is promised in the midst of our weakness? Indeed, “To whom would we go, for you have the words of eternal life?”

 

Guilty Man

Somebody please intercede for me
Cause the only life I’m living is my own
And the cross of resurrection bears
The force of hell in me
I know, I’ve been told, I’m a guilty man

Right here I stay
Though you slay these dreams
All is light for those who parry in the dark
Be the wounds that heal our wounding
Press to ours thy bloody scars
I know, I’ve been told, I’m a guilty man

Veiled in Satan’s hand of retribution
Are Veins that look and awful lot like mine
Blood flows from the face of restitution
I’m counting on that face to make it mine…..
I know, I’ve been told, I’m a guilty man

God I feel alone in temptations wind
I’m a brand plucked from the fire and set to stand
With the vestments of an angel
And a branch from God’s own hand
Branch that be, Cover me, I’m a guilty man

Veiled in Satan’s hand of retribution
Are Veins that look and awful lot like mine
Blood flows from the face of restitution
I’m counting on that face to make it mine…..

Release that hand, whisper now to me
For the fire and the earthquake do no bear
The presence of an angel or a death by holy stare
Where are you, I am here, as a guilty man

Words and Music: Philip Majorins