Today is Good Friday. Today, we mourn the state-sponsored execution of our brother, Jesus. And today, we remember the thousands of others who have died as a result of draconian state policies. In the last 15 years, more than 2500 bodies have been found in the desert of Pima County, AZ. The men, women and children had crossed the US border to escape poverty, drug and gang violence, hopelessness. Because of restrictions on immigration from Mexico, crossing the desert was the only way to enter the US. Their bodies now lie in the desert, with no one to bury them, remember them, mourn them.
Today, we mourn them. Today, we remember the thousands of others who are at risk. Today, we seek forgiveness, burying our heads in our blood-stained hands. Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we have sinned.