Psalm 51

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Psalm 51

Broken before you
Now seeking divine mercy
Your steadfast love.

You know all my sins
I have often sinned against you
From my youth to now.

Wash me and cleanse me
Gift me with a renewed heart
Love abides iin me.

I shall have full life
Grace life is empowering
My renewed spirit.

Now will I praise you
At the communion table feast
Bread bestowing life.

I will shout out praise
Your divine mercy finds me
And loves me to life.

You alone are God
Dwelling incarnate within me
I am one with you.

Psalm 37

Look at the birds of the air . . .

Look at the birds of the air . . .

Psalm 37

Wicked and perverse
The One Percent will amass
Their greedy fortunes.

Be not envious
Put your trust in Gospel truth
God is now with you.

They shall blow away
Like dead grass chaff in the wind
Their days are numbered.

But you shall prosper
God’s promises are always true.
Everlasting life now.

Abide in silence
Listen with the ears of your heart
To the Christ within.

Yes, all will be well
Replace anger and envy
With trust in the Christ.

The wicked and greedy
Shall soon return to earth dust
Their greed availing not.

Place your trust in God
Always faithful ever just
Mercy on mercy.

Relax and enjoy
Christ lives in your very heart
Ever gracing you.

Psalm 147

Before looking at my reflection on Psalm 147, I want to make a few suggestions. I have a daily guide called Give Us this Day. Each day begins with morning prayer including a psalm. Once I know the Psalm for the day, I go to the Cambridge Commentary The Psalms by Walter Brueggemann for a detailed commentary on the psalm. I then read slowly the psalm in Richard Gwny’s The Psalms in Haiku which was recommended by a friend and which provides a complete “translation” of the psalm in haiku format. Finally, I attempt to do a haiku reflection on the psalm (not a line by line thing). This technique seems to keep my monkey-mind from racing all over the place—at least for now. Happy psalming!

Psalm 147

WSBC0552wHow good to praise God
Ever sing hallelujah
Praise God forever.

Praise God in your heart
Where God’s love-image rules all
Living love serving.

Praise God’s creation
Star filled heavens all aglow
Cosmic dust flaring forth.

Praise God’s surging seas
Leviathan and fish abound
Breaking waves crashing.

Our God’s steadfast love
Suffices to sustain all life
War horses will not.

God gifts us with peace
Slalom well-being blessing
Our every life breath.

Follow the Gospel law
God brings us into new life
Unlike the wicked.

Praise God in temple
In your hearts and all creation
Sing hallelujah.

Pentecost 2014

My beautiful pictureWhere do we find ourselves on this Pentecost day?  It is likely that many of us find ourselves locked into our inner rooms of fear, doubt and uncertainty like Jesus’ disciples. They were locked behind closed doors because of their fears. It is obvious that they feared the wrath of the Jewish leaders who plotted against Jesus. Elizabeth Johnson also points out that they had plenty of reason to be afraid of Jesus—Peter had denied him thrice and all but the Beloved Disciple had run away abandoning Jesus.

Pentecost is in part about letting go of our fears. If we are younger and locked into the struggles of the first half of life, we may fear for our jobs, our future, our IRAs and our families. Where are we? Where are we going? Is it going to work out the way we have planned it? If we are older, our fears may have shifted. Our friends have heart attacks or get cancer and die. The fear of death stars us in the face. We fear debilitating illness and the usual ravages of aging. We fear for our dwindling retirement funds. We fear for the well being of our spouses and our children. We all in one way or another fear dying to self. We lock the doors for security.

We may have locked and barred the door. We may have thrown away they key but fortunately, the locked doors of our hearts do not stop Jesus. He just comes on in. He keeps showing up just like he did in the Gospels after the crucifixion and resurrection. He does not berate us for the times we have abandoned him. Rather he speaks a blessing of shalom peace—total well being grounded in the infinite mercy of grace. He challenges us to lay aside all our fears and to go forth from our locked rooms to proclaim this very peace and his forgiveness. He invites us to die to our fears so we can rise to new life in Him.

Jesus breathes on us just as God breathed on creation flaring forth. He breathes the Spirit of new, resurrected life and hope. How many times he has told us to “Be not afraid.” Now we know that our fears have no foundation. Jesus invites us to enter the Spirit adventure of the second half of our lives. The breath of the Spirit of the Risen Christ empowers us to unlock the doors and live in trust and hope. He calls us to venture boldly among the leaders who would silence us and to live and proclaim Gospel values—peace, love, joy, hope, forgiveness. The Gospel message we first live, hopefully without words, may sound like babble to the world around us but babble of God’s goodness we will.

We now know that only by letting go and letting God will we become all that we are meant to be—sons and daughters created in the very image and likeness of the merciful and loving Creator God.

Come, Holy Spirit!

Easter Hope

OLL St. 1-1-1On Good Friday, thunder showers and the threat of more thunder showers forced the Good Friday Ecumenical Walk indoors. The organizers were prepared for this contingency. We gathered in Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Melbourne and did a virtual walk with digital images of the “stations.”

The Walk took on a whole new dimension for me. Usually, sometime into the walk the muscles start to garner more of my attention. On the actual walk, it is sometimes difficult to hear all the prayers and songs. Continue reading