Sunday, February 10, 2008

Homily in a Poem

While snowshoeing through 8” of new snow in our woods (my “alternative” church) and the busy week we have ahead of us (a second round of chemotherapy and a change in our dialysis schedule), I was led to think about the gospel for this Sunday from St Matthew (4:1-11):

On the First Sunday of Lent

is this what you meant
by the wilderness, Lord?
is this what you meant
by your Cross?
if it is I understand
I see the picture, Lord
my seminary theology
now becomes real and
yes, let it pass, Lord
just like you asked of your Father
and I can utter your will be done
just like you said?
all the while, knowing, just like me,
that loved ones are being lost
and the future is unclear