2015.08.07: the way of the cross

Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? – Mt 16:24-26

the cross marks the spot
where heaven meets earth
before you lies the choice
power or the Truth
social status or the cross
the world or your life
the temptations of the desert

the cross represents
heaven and earth
divine and human
choice and chosen
freedom and obedience
come, lay down your life
pick up the cross and follow
Emmanuel, God with us
the way to the Father
the way of the cross
the way, the truth, and the life

2015.05.22: more than these

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter,* “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” – Jn 21:15


What are these that I love more than my Lord?
Shed the light on me that I may see
Reveal the truth to me that I may repent
Show me wisdom that I may understand
Grant me humility that I may accept
Give me courage to change
Lord, I want to know these now
rather than at the hour of my death
I want to love you more than these

2015.04.01: April Fool

Deeply distressed at this,
they began to say to him one after another,
“Surely it is not I, Lord?” Mt 26:22


 

when I deny Him
I deny the Truth
when I deny the Truth
I deny the One
when I deny the One
I deny the one
when I deny the one
I deny myself
when I deny myself
I deny Him
the cycle goes on and on
the cycle can not be broken
by denying
the cycle can only be broken
by accepting

accept Him
accept the Truth
accept the One
accept the one
accept myself
accept my brokenness
accept my need for the Whole
accept my need for the One
accept the One in Flesh
accept Him
accept His love poured out
ad infinitum

2015.03.30: the Servant of God

I formed you, and set you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations – Is 42:1-6

The Evil-one’s plan has always been
the breaking of the Whole
the separation of the One
Light from Darkness
Now from Eternity
Truth from Love
Justice from Mercy
Life from Death
Creature from Creator
Human from Divine
many from One.

So it was,
to satisfy those
given to hardness of heart,
that the Second:
separated himself from the First
emptied himself of his divinity
and becoming only human
entered into darkness
without Light
without Truth
without Love
without Justice
without Mercy
and without Life.

Like a mariner upon a dark sea
using only the charts of stars
to navigate the waters
he used the scriptures
to find his way in darkness.
The words were but shadows
more like road signs than maps
but even in diminished form
what author wouldn’t
recognize his own work.
Then he discovered
the breath of the Spirit
the Origin of life
the Link connecting
the First with the Second
the Divine with the Human
the Will with the Way
the Beginning with the End.

But the Way will be hard
for the journey to Life
goes through Death.