December 16, 2017

Easter V

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 14:1-14 when in the dimness of an upper room my troubled heart fears an ending an abandoning, a bereaving i cannot bear the world that i have known changing the one whom i have followed departing the path that i have walked ending my hope, so solid, dissipating the […]

Easter IV

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 10:1-10 he goes before me into every day before he sends me forth he himself has gone before the way is made ready the path prepared i don’t see it at first it is mine to watch and listen to filter the noise to hear that voice to go, […]

Easter III

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Luke 24:13-35 road taken friend welcomed hearts broken grief spoken word opened then home guest summoned meal proffered grace offered bread broken eyes opened christ known

Easter II

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 20:19-31 a bunch of frightened, doubting friends we hid away like fugitives our leader dead, our expectations dashed we assumed the worst — that those who killed him would now be after us finish the job, put the whole “messiah” thing to rest so we pulled the shades and […]

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 […]