Seeker of Justice, new words to ‘Fairest Lord Jesus’ – Jim Burklo, USA

Tune:  “Fairest Lord Jesus”

(Crusaders’ Hymn:



Seeker of justice, turner of the tables

One who made sure that the poor were fed

Land for the landless, home for the homeless

And baskets filled with fish and bread.


Friend of the friendless, lover of the enemy,

Love that conventions cannot contain,

Boundless compassion, put into action

For peace beyond all selfish aims.


Mystical teacher, lover of the Holy One

Faithful beyond any rites or creeds

One with creation, in adoration

Revealed in humble prayers and deeds.


Storm-riding mariner, death-defying leader

With you in courage we seek to stand

Stilling the waves of fear, through chilling winds we steer

Till on that peaceful shore we land.


Hearer of children, healer of the broken ones

Finder of truth in what some despise

Touch the untouchable, love the unlovable

Till finally we see through your eyes.


Breaker of holy bread, pourer of the sacred wine

Ours are the hands that will serve your feast,

This bread is food indeed, this wine is what we need

To let the Spirit be released.

Jim Burklo, Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, writes regularly for the liturgy project.  Many of his liturgical materials can be found in his book Birdlike and Barnless:  Meditations, Prayers, and Songs for Progressive Christians  (2008, St Johann Press).  Explore his blog.