July 22, 2018

Lent I

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11 a sonnet when israel moses led across the sea to desert, hunger, thirst, and poverty he called them there to trust and not transgress their god would care for them in wilderness he water, meat, and manna did provide yet still the children grumbled, groaned, and cried their […]

Transfiguration Sunday

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9 on mountain height resplendent light apostles saw with speechless awe peter and james and brother john saw jesus’ face bright as the sun moses was there elijah too law and prophets fade from view heavenly voice from brilliant sky beloved son was lifted high be not afraid a […]

Jesus Calls Us to Store Our Treasure in Heaven

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 6:24-34 a sonnet and should my treasure ever cease to be the one to whom I owe my very breath no lasting comfort would my heart then see no peace for me in life, nor gain in death contented now to trust, to work, to pray and know that […]

Jesus Calls Us to Perfect Love

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48 …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 […]

Jesus Teaches God’s Laws

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 5:21-37 what kind of world would it be… if we heard his laws with diff’rent ears if we heard them not as classroom rules designed to keep us all in line — sit up straight eyes to the front hands to yourself lips sealed — you’d better straighten up, […]

Jesus Teaches about Light and Law

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 5:13-20 “You are the light of the world… …I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.” when one day israel stood before a storm-lit mount in dread o’erwhelmed by fulgent truth’s demands they shook […]

Jesus Pronounces God’s Blessings

By Chaplain Mike – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12 so many people here to hear him from everywhere, of every kind no religious crowd this one! check out that bloke over there loser if i’ve ever seen one not an ounce of righteousness in him wouldn’t know a tithe from a toothbrush couldn’t find genesis if […]

Jesus Does Good Works of the Kingdom

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 4:23-25 God anointed [Jesus] with the Holy Spirit and with power, and…He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38) only one balm for this world’s pain only one course can grief constrain only one way will […]

Jesus Calls Disciples

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 1:29-42 there he stood, pointing, pointing day after day after day and only sinners came unwashed to be washed clean then one day he pointed, hand trembling gaze fixed on one he saw pushing us away in his direction he bid us go, go and there we stood, wondering, […]

Baptism of Our Lord

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17 with each step through jordan the water parted wide priests and ark stood on dry ground where once was swelling tide safe through its torrents we all passed in canaan to abide shamed and naked, in disgrace our captors led us away to settle us by exile streams […]