Jesus said, “I will not reject anyone who comes to me.” – (read John 6:35-40) Did you hear that?! “I will not reject anyone who comes to me.” All we need to do is to come to the Table, where the Bread of Life is offered. He will not reject us. How loved that shouldContinue reading “COME TO ME”
Driving down the street one day in April, I spotted what most motorists probably failed to notice. As seen in the above photograph, an ordinary telephone pole support cable, wrapped in a yellow protective tube had an extraordinary story! With early spring rains, new growth began, including weeds, of course! At the base of theContinue reading “Where’s the light?”
“Repent and believe in the Gospel.” Those were the words I was told to say, as I made the sign of the cross on the foreheads of parishioners who came forth at the Ash Wednesday service. I had not distributed ashes in over 10 years, and I felt both honored and nervous beforehand. How littleContinue reading “Ashes to Palms”
Two years of pandemic fatigue brings us to welcomed springtime. Two months ago, a strong wind storm knocked over random trees. Two days ago, flowers burst forth on a fallen cherry tree, uprooted and lying on its side! LORD, may we blossom, though fallen, feeling cut off from you, our roots. Two realities shown inContinue reading “RESURRECTION BLOSSOMS”
Last week’s storm snapped the berry-laden holly tree branch out back. Gazing from my window, I lamented with the tree, feeling broken inside, as well. Beautiful tree, injured by a storm. But, this morning, a robin perched atop the snapped site. She dipped to the branches below, feeding on red berries, Ripened just right forContinue reading “Perched on Brokenness”
On this Valentine’s Day, The fence got in the way Of sharing civil love With the woman on the other side. She holds her baby, approaching “my country.” Approaching me. I freeze. What can I do? Border patrol looks on, ready to intervene. I think they have guns in their jeeps. I turn, shame wellingContinue reading “A BORDER VALENTINE“
The sun slowly fades at the end of day, In between steps, I stop, pause and pray. Gazing toward heaven’s beautiful blue, I notice the sky deepens its hue. The majestic tree stands in front of me, tall, So stately and strong, not fearing night’s fall. Light quickly fading through bare branches girth, Not movingContinue reading “Winter Tree Tips at Night”
This is from March 11, 2005, and can be a reminder for this Christmas season: I’m visiting Mother and Dad for the weekend in Pennsylvania, and brought our dog, Ginger, with me. My brother, Joe, arrived late tonight, and Ginger greeted him, but cautiously. She had been around him occasionally before, so he should haveContinue reading ““One of Us””
The newly discovered coronavirus omicron variant, they say, is highly contagious and possibly resistant to the vaccines in our midst. As a biological entity, the variant constantly seeks a host in its endeavor to survive. If we don’t take the precautions of being vaccinated, wearing face masks and personal distancing while gathered in public, weContinue reading “Are We Ready?”
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