by Veronica Szczygiel
During my first year at Marymount School of New York, I taught a New Testament class to the seventh graders. One of my favorite projects was having students write a rap about Jesus. I decided to partake in the project as well. Here is mine:
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem
He was visited by shepherds and the three wise men
They brought Him gold, frankincense, and myrrh
‘Cause they knew He would be their savior
The Magi went home without seeing Herod
In order to make sure that Jesus would be spared
‘Cause Herod, he had an evil mind, you know
He killed all the kids who were under two years old
So Joseph escaped to Egypt, you see
‘Til it was safe to return to Galilee.
Jesus grew up being Mary’s little joy
Studying the Torah like a good Jewish boy
He was a carpenter with Dad, but that wasn’t His dream
He was a man with a vision, a vision of peace.
When He was 30, He was baptized by John
And picked His apostles, Peter, James, and Tom
They travelled the land, making miracles and praying
Curing illnesses and Lazarus, keeping people from straying.
Jesus turned water to wine, He turned fish into fishes
He walked on water, and He did what God wishes.
For three years on Earth He did all kinds of preaching
Telling stories, helping people, and most of all, teaching.
But He knew that one day would be His last
So He went into the desert where He would fast
And the devil met Him there, tried to tempt Him thrice
But Jesus said, “Stop, man, that’s not so nice!”
Then Jesus returned to Jerusalem
Where He had a last supper with all of His friends
He performed the miracle of transubstantiation
Which now occurs in every Mass in every nation
All was going well, or so they had planned
But Judas, well, he was a sinister man
He betrayed Jesus for 30 silver dollars
Kissed Him on the cheek, saying, “This is Him, holla!”
So they took Jesus away, and put Him on trial
He was innocent, but they were all in denial
Jesus suffered as He hung on the cross, you see
And He screamed, “My God, why’d you abandon me?”
But three days later, much to everyone’s surprise,
Out from the dead Jesus did rise.
He says, “Shalom! Peace! You better believe it”
We say, “Shalom! Peace! And with your spirit!”
This is the end of the rap, but not the end of the story
Jesus will return in all His love and His glory
Until then, God watches us from above
But His kingdom of heaven lives wherever there is love.