Advent with the Prophet Jonah: Day 21

Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant. But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. When the sun rose,Continue reading “Advent with the Prophet Jonah: Day 21”

Under Construction (Glenroy Lent: Maundy Thursday)

All night we pour out bitumen; by day we mark out new lanes, construct the avenues of better days, the now-not-yet of our ways. We close our eyes before the promised land; passed over, we pass over the times when paddock became mill became smelter. Not done with the smelter yet, and yet when theContinue reading “Under Construction (Glenroy Lent: Maundy Thursday)”

Luke 2: The Shepherds and the Temple

  The child interrupts            commerce,                  the daily graze of life,                             the expectations                  of a quiet night in the fields. The child demands             leaving flocks,                   abandoning norms,                          following the angel’s call                      in evening disquiet. The child enters             the daily,                    the simple: cries, shivers,                           needs food and warmth,                       yet transforms it all.Continue reading “Luke 2: The Shepherds and the Temple”

Lent 22: Wednesday of Third Week

Son of David: the children drop their scraps to the ground; the feast passes by, unnoticed. Son of David: faith bursts out from unexpected ground. Where are those with faith of a child? Son of David, I am needy. Hear the cry of dogs waiting at the children’s side. Son of David: stretch out YourContinue reading “Lent 22: Wednesday of Third Week”