Sunday, October 15, 2017


Wedding Feast

Come to the feast
My King invited me
An invitation like this
comes once in a lifetime
I was busy and
didn't think I could
get away
so He invited everyone else
in town and surrounding cities
until the halls filled
He dressed them all
in wedding attire
our baptism into His
very family
but we must do the works of the sons
change my busy ways
attend the feast
become a son
go out as a son
to all the world.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A


Vineyard Tenants

A Landowner created a vineyard
and leased it to tenants
Lovingly prepared with planted vines,
hedge, wine press and tower
At vintage he looked for produce
but the tenants
assaulted and killed all he sent
even His Son.
Rejected
Jesus has become the cornerstone
so that people who will
produce fruit
may produce fruit
These tenants did not give
the landowner his produce
These tenants killed those He sent
How could they have known
the blood spilt
was the very vintage
that could save them?

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A



2 Sons

"Son,
Go out and work"
the Father called

The first son said
"I will not,
but afterwards
changed his mind and went"

The second son said
"Yes Sir, but did not go"

What is your opinion?
Who did his father's will?
The actions show
more than
verbal response
I must go out
to the vineyard
and work

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A


Laboring
for daily wage
for daily bread at
5 am, 9 am, noon
3 pm-MERCY
5 pm evening
God calls me throughout the day
to be faithful
He doesn't give me what is just
He gives all,
not withholding His Only Son
I grumble
He is generous
What a privilege to be
 a daughter of God
working with Him
in the Father's House
for His purposes
saving souls
Daily Laboring with Joy

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A














Unlimited Forgiveness

Peter (and I) think we are being
generous
by offering to forgive 7 times
But Jesus re-does that 7 times math
to seventy seven
or seven times seven: unlimited
He's not only willing to
-let the debtor out of debtor prison
-not to make him sell all he owns
-but to forgive all
So to whom do I need to
extend THAT kind of forgiveness?
I want to jug tightly wrath and anger
but nourishing anger against another
will not bring ME healing from the Lord (Sir27:30)
Therefore, overlook faults
make excuses for others
make a decision of the will to forgive
ALL
as God wants to and will forgive me

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Jesus is with 2 or 3

Let's agree
to Pray
so our
Heavenly Father
will grant
our needs
Jesus is with us
2 or 3

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
contrasts
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


Who?

Jesus asked his disciples
Who?
Who do people say that the Son of Many is?
They had seen miraculous
feedings
cures
walking on water
done by a person
flesh and blood
Who?
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 
renamed
Rock
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.
"Come"
He called to Peter, who then
walked with Him
over waves
then sinking due to
little faith,
Peter cried out
"Lord Save Me"

Fed-Prayer-Miracle-Salvation-Faith-Trust

(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
disfigured
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

Pearl

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,
buried,
found,
I sell all
to buy that field.
Oh Pearl of great price!
This is the kingdom of heaven:
-Found
-All Given
-Joy!