December 16, 2017

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 […]

Circumcision of the Christ-Child

By Chaplain Mike After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. (Luke 2:21, NRSV) eighth day and the baby cries hard tool cuts his flesh fulfilling all demands bleeding flesh by human hands […]

A Thought for a New Year (Wendell Berry)

Suppose we did our work like the snow, quietly, quietly, leaving nothing out. From Leavings: Poems, by Wendell Berry

My Christmas Poet

By Chaplain Mike For years now, a favorite book in my library has been an old worn copy of The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti, published in 1904. A brief note in fountain pen ink inside the cover says that it was given as a Christmas gift in 1908, and a sticker in the […]

Story Songs

Ok, iMonks: time for your publisher to make his confession. Ready? I cry when I hear really good stories in songs. They don’t even have to be sad stories, just real. And sung with a gut-wrenching passion. Done right, you can wring a cupful of tears from me. This week I was perusing the CD […]

Done with Wings

By Chaplain Mike The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait […]