December 12, 2017

Liturgy of the Palms

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11 (see Psalm 118) hymn for palm sunday color, color everywhere greets the king on donkey’s foal crowds are gath’ring! now, come quickly! bless the lord with heart and soul! pathway lined by royal sage zion’s skies are dazzling blue hail messiah! sing hosanna! bless the lord who visits […]

Lent V

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 11:1-45 a sonnet if only you had been here with us then when your close friend, our brother, passed away i know you could have helped, have healed, have saved his life and kept us from this hopeless day instead we watched him slowly lose his breath we bid […]

Lent IV

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 9:1-41 a sonnet he spat and made a muddy mash of clay and smeared it smartly on my long-blind eyes then bid me bathe in waters of siloam i splashed the muck away and saw the skies! from birth i’d borne the slanderous slur of sin and sat and […]

Lent III

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 4:5-42 a sonnet he knew, and how he knew i’ll never know this thirsty stranger standing at the well i came at noon to avoid abhorring eyes and constant cutting comments i can’t quell and there this man, this jewish stranger, stood bold to approach, to speak, to break […]

Lent II

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 3:1-17 a sonnet a teacher who was learned and upright came out to visit jesus late one night immersed in scripture, ritual, and law impressed by signs of heaven that he saw and yet confused by words conveyed with love of kingdom gained by new birth from above and […]

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, […]