Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

God's ways are not our ways

Peter rebuked Jesus
"God forbid, Lord"
as Jesus showed the disciples
God's own plan
that Jesus would "be killed
and on the third day be raised"
Peter's self protection
Jesus' self donation
Peter is thinking as a man
not God
The Paradox
to save life, lose it
to lose life, for Jesus, finds life
when we take up our cross,
give of ourselves
we follow Jesus
and "He will repay all
according to his conduct."

Monday, August 28, 2017

Twenty first Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A


Jesus asked his disciples
Who do people say that the Son of Many is?
They had seen miraculous
walking on water
done by a person
flesh and blood
John? Elijah? Jeremiah?
Who do YOU say that I AM?
Peter knows He is the Son
of the Father, The Christ
Peter is blessed and 
upon whom Christ builds His Church

(based on Matthew 16:13-20)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Persistence of Dogs

Jesus came for Israel
the chosen people
but he withdrew
to pagan country
Tyre and Sidon
and a gentile woman cried out
"Have pity on me, Lord"
Jesus was silent
then to awaken her faith
clarified his mission
Food for the children
Not for the dogs
"Please Lord...even dogs eat scraps from the table"
willing to receive the scraps
Jesus healed her daughter
and answered her faithfulness
in prayer

(Based on Matthew:15:21-28)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Truly, the Son of God

The host fed all
Saw them off
12 boated away
He climbed the mountain
for evening prayer alone
3 am He began walking
toward them
down the mountain, plains
and onto the water
over the tempest sea
"Take Courage, it is I
Do not be afraid"
He called to those terrified.
He called to Peter, who then
walked with Him
over waves
then sinking due to
little faith,
Peter cried out
"Lord Save Me"


(Based on Matthew 14:22-33)

Monday, August 7, 2017

August 6, The Transfiguration

The Transfiguaration by Raphael

Go Figure

They figured
they were taking a walk
up a mountain
with friends
not expecting Him
to be transfigured.
They had to
reconfigure their plans.
St Peter knew "it is good that we are are here."
Only later when He was
at the cross
and then refigured in resurection
could St. Peter say he was
"an eyewitness of His majesty. For He received honor
and glory from God the Father."(1)

Poem based on the gospel of St. Matthew 17:1-9
(1) 2 Peter 1:16-19

Monday, July 31, 2017

Sunday Gospel

The Catholic liturgy is a three year cycle. We are currently in year A which focuses on the gospel of St. Matthew. Year B focuses on St. Mark, year C focuses on St. Luke. St John's gospel is part of each year A, B and C and does not have it's own year.

Over the last several years, the kids and I have created artwork with a bible verse from each of Sunday's gospels. We rotate these weekly to try to memorize a verse, as well as to see the connection between each Sunday's gospel.

This year, since the artwork and verse cards were finished, I started writing a poem for each Sunday's gospel.

Both of these are ways to meditate and understand more the gospel.

July 30, 2017
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
St. Matthew 13:44-52


Oh Pearl!
I have found you.
You are of great price
So I joyfully
sell all,
all I have,
to buy you.
I have been searching
searching for fine pearls.
Like the treasure,
I sell all
to buy that field.
Oh Pearl of great price!
This is the kingdom of heaven:
-All Given

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Catholic Mom Conference- ONLINE!

Join the FREE online conference for moms about MERCY on October 20-23, 2016.  It’s the Faces of Mercy CatholicConference4Moms.com
Each day of the conference you will be invited to watch your choice of featured presentations from popular speakers and authors . . . . at any time. . . . on any device. . . . even to download and listen to as an MP3. 

Comment, discuss, and pray for our families, our friends, our world, and each other, as we learn about and experience God’s mercy in our lives.

Experience More Mercy in Your Life
as the Year of Mercy comes to a close.
October 20-23, 2016
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