June 24, 2018

Christina Rossetti: Good Friday

Good Friday By Christina Rossetti Am I a stone and not a sheep That I can stand, O Christ, beneath Thy Cross, To number drop by drop Thy Blood’s slow loss, And yet not weep? Not so those women loved Who with exceeding grief lamented Thee; Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly; Not so the […]

Jan Richardson: Blessing the Seed

Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12.24) • From a lectionary reading for Lent 5: John 12.20-33 • • • Reflection for the Fifth Sunday in Lent (March 25) By […]

The Fifth Day of Christmas

Readings for the Day Isaiah 49:5-15 Psalm 148 Matthew 12:46-50 ❄︎ Collect for the Day O God, who makest us glad by the yearly remembrance of the birth of thy only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that as we joyfully receive him for our Redeemer, so we may with sure confidence behold him when he shall […]

The Third Day of Christmas

Readings for the Day The Feast of St. John Exodus 33:18-23 Psalm 92 1 John 1:1-9 John 21:19b-24 Collect for the Day Shed upon your Church, O Lord, the brightness of your light, that we, being illumined by the teaching of your apostle and evangelist John, may so walk in the light of your truth, […]

The Second Day of Christmas

Readings for the Day The Feast of St. Stephen Jeremiah 26:1-9,12-15 Psalm 31 Acts 6:8-7:2a, 51c-60 Matthew 23:34-39 Collect for the Day We give you thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to your Son Jesus Christ, who stands […]

A Thought at the End of Ordinary Time

• • • A Thought at the End of Ordinary Time from Wendell Berry I know I am getting old and I say so, but I don’t think of myself as an old man. I think of myself as a young man with unforeseen debilities. Time is neither young nor old, but simply new, always […]

Another Look: Perfect Love

…No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously. …If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? …In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. • From Matt. […]

Friday with Michael & Damaris: Pentecost

Pentecost The room is still; the hearth is cold and dark. A rancid smell of ashes fills the air. The candles stand neglected. Windows stare Like blinded eyes unlit by any spark. How dead this place – no life has left its mark Upon the icy floor, the table bare; No breeze, no breath, no […]

Fridays with Damaris: Infinity

Infinity By Damaris Zehner You tossed the earth Into the oceans of space Where it floated, glowing Green against blackness. From that tiny impact Ripples circled outward, Reaching warm fingers of water Into the emptiness between the planets, Lifting stars as lightly as Drifting blossoms on their waves. Not even at the farthest reaches Of […]

Poetry Week: Midday Four – Chaplain Mike

What if I…? by Michael Mercer What if I… When dark and deep prevailed Breathed out an order And light broke through, awakening the world? And what if I… When heinous violence ruled Tapped a lone man’s shoulder And bid him build a lifeboat to preserve the world? And what if I… When self-reliant hubris […]