Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Poem a Sunday
Easter 3 – A
April 30, 2017
Luke 24:13-48 - NRSV

The Walk to Emmaus
13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad.[b] 18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19 He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth,[c] who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.[d] Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 

22 Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25 Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah[e] should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29 But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us[f] while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34 They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples
36 While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”[g] 37 They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.[h] 41 While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate in their presence.

44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah[i] is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses[j] of these things. 49 And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.
 Footnotes:


Luke 24:13 Gk sixty stadia; other ancient authorities read a hundred sixty stadia
Luke 24:17 Other ancient authorities read walk along, looking sad?”
Luke 24:19 Other ancient authorities read Jesus the Nazorean
Luke 24:21 Or to set Israel free
Luke 24:26 Or the Christ
Luke 24:32 Other ancient authorities lack within us
Luke 24:36 Other ancient authorities lack and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
Luke 24:40 Other ancient authorities lack verse 40
Luke 24:46 Or the Christ
Luke 24:48 Or nations. Beginning from Jerusalem 48 you are witnesses


A Poem a Sunday
Easter 3 – A

Path

The walk,
the talk,
the here,
the now.

The Scripture
taught.
“Remain
somehow.”

The chairs,
the room,
the prayer,
the moon,
waxing in light.

The bread,
the wine,
the sight,
no longer
blind.

The flight,
the return,
at twilight
their hearts
burn.

The Word,
the Way,
the brand
new day.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

A Poem a Sunday
Easter 2 –A
April 23, 2017

John 20:19-31 - New International Version

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Jesus Appears to Thomas

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The Purpose of John’s Gospel

30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe[b] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Footnotes:
John 20:24 Thomas (Aramaic) and Didymus (Greek) both mean twin.
John 20:31 Or may continue to believe

A Poem a Sunday
Easter 2 – A

Didymus

(May be sung to the Tune: Noel Nouvelet
 11 10 10 11 – “Now the Green Blade Rises”)

Thomas doubted Jesus on that frightful night,
fleeing from his likeness in a fearful flight.
Doubt comes again when we do not depend
on God’s grace and mercy healing in the end.

Twin of the dear Savior he had every right
to hide from his neighbor on that fateful night.
Christ did appear midst doubt and great fear.
Thomas went in hiding although grace was near.

Even though he doubted Thomas braved the dark
that revealed Messiah and the stigmata scars.
Christ comes again who with the dead has been
sealing and revealing mercy without end.

We are twins of Jesus and will never part
from God’s loving presence, from the divine heart.
Raised to new life the living God now saves
all of the creation from the dusty grave.


Words by Kenneth R. Storck
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Monday, April 10, 2017



A Poem a Sunday

Easter – A

April 16, 2017

Matthew 28:1-10 - NRSV

The Resurrection of Jesus

28 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he[a] lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead,[b] and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” 8 So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Footnotes:
Matthew 28:6 Other ancient authorities read the Lord
Matthew 28:7 Other ancient authorities lack from the dead


Easter Doxology

(Sung to LM -‘Old Hundredth’)

Be present in our lives today,
Raising the Christ to lead the way.
Grant justice to the least of these.
Healing compassion pain will ease.

No longer bound within a tomb,
Love everlasting making room
For outcasts desperate, lonely,
God gives a gracious destiny.

Breaking the barriers we create,
God already initiates
A new creation formed from Christ
The Kingdom comes within our lives.

Celebrate now in God’s new light
A world without hunger is in sight
Feeding the thousands Eucharist
We join God’s presence in our midst.

Praise God, you are a new body.
Rise up, Oh Church, and be set free
As Easter people you live out
Christ’s resurrection without doubt.

Words by Kenneth R. Storck
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Monday, April 3, 2017

A Poem a Sunday
Palm/Passion Sunday
Year A – April 9, 2017

Matthew 21:1-11 - NRSV

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

21 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.[a]” 4 This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,

5 “Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
    humble, and mounted on a donkey,
        and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7 they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. 8 A very large crowd[b] spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
    Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

10 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Footnotes:
  1. Matthew 21:3 Or ‘The Lord needs them and will send them back immediately.’
  2. Matthew 21:8 Or Most of the crowd

A Poem a Sunday
Palm/Passion Sunday
Year A – April 9, 2017

Parade

Look at King Jesus.
Isn’t he handsome?
He came to save us.
He is the ransom.

Shout loud ‘Hosannas!’
Lay down your clothes.
He is the new king
for the least of those

who live life in moments
never knowing what’s next,
wandering and hungry
never getting any rest.

So only on a donkey,
not a white horse,
he rides into Jerusalem
and has set a course

onto Hill Calvary,
Golgotha’s head,
Jerusalem’s garbage dump
for rebel’s who are dead.

Not a king of power
but ruling in justice
in his final hour
giving, full of trust.

This parade for you
is not a masquerade,
but God on full view,
loving, unafraid.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

A Poem a Sunday
Lent V – A
April 2, 2017
John 11:1-45 - NRSV

The Death of Lazarus

11 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. 3 So the sisters sent a message to Jesus,[a] “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” 4 But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

5 Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, 6 after having heard that Lazarus[b] was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. 7 Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8 The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?” 9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. 10 But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.” 11 After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.” 12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.” 13 Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16 Thomas, who was called the Twin,[c] said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

Jesus the Resurrection and the Life

17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus[d] had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles[e] away, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.[f] Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah,[g] the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”

Jesus Weeps

28 When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29 And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32 When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34 He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus began to weep. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Jesus Raises Lazarus to Life

38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

The Plot to Kill Jesus

45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

Footnotes:

John 11:3 Gk him
John 11:6 Gk he
John 11:16 Gk Didymus
John 11:17 Gk he
John 11:18 Gk fifteen stadia
John 11:25 Other ancient authorities lack and the life
John 11:27 Or the Christ

A Poem a Sunday
Lent V – A

Raised

A border wall
that separates
the Other
from the Us.

We trust in
bricks and mortar
more than our common
human dust.

Darkness and light
meet each day.
No walls divide this
natural inter-play.

We are dust
and return to such.
Barriers are illusions
we dare not trust.

Life and death
share a common space
there are no walls
that separate.

Winter to Spring,
Death to Life;
the cycle of seasons
in human strife.

Lazarus is only entombed
in Winter for a spell.
The Christ shatters illusive walls.
Our fears will be dispelled.


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Monday, March 20, 2017

A Poem a Sunday
Lent 4 – A
March 26, 2017
John 9 - NRSV
(Scroll down for Poem)
A Man Born Blind Receives Sight
9 As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. 4 We[a] must work the works of him who sent me[b] while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, 7 saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. 8 The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” 10 But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” 12 They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”

The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14 Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15 Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” 16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided. 17 So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” He said, “He is a prophet.”

18 The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight 19 and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” 20 His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21 but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus[c] to be the Messiah[d] would be put out of the synagogue. 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” 25 He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 28 Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove him out.

Spiritual Blindness
35 Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”[e] 36 He answered, “And who is he, sir?[f] Tell me, so that I may believe in him.” 37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.” 38 He said, “Lord,[g] I believe.” And he worshiped him. 39 Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” 40 Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.

Footnotes:
John 9:4 Other ancient authorities read I
John 9:4 Other ancient authorities read us
John 9:22 Gk him
John 9:22 Or the Christ
John 9:35 Other ancient authorities read the Son of God
John 9:36 Sir and Lord translate the same Greek word
John 9:38 Sir and Lord translate the same Greek word

A Poem a Sunday
Lent 4 – A

Eyes

“I came into this world for judgment
so that those who do not see may see,
and those who do see may become blind.”

The Emperor’s new clothes
are sewn by those who see
yet remain so blind.
It takes a young child
born of the Spirit wild
to tell the truth so fine.

The blind see
while the reality
cannot be for the sighted.
Lest they confess
that they lost the truth
and now rest in the delusion
of the Empire.

Who sees better than the blind?
Tell me who penetrates to truth?
Who sees better than those born blind
when it comes to seeing anew?

Those with sight – no insight;
those born blind – know the light.

The religious right
is always right
and the Emperor
has a new robe.

The sightless poor
really know the score.
Shout:
“The Emperor has no clothes!”

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Monday, March 13, 2017


A Poem a Sunday

Lent III – A

March 19, 2017

John 4:5-42 - NRSV

Narrator:  5 So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.  7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her,

Jesus:  “Give me a drink.”

Narrator: 8 (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him,

Woman:  “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?”

Narrator:  (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)[a] 10 Jesus answered her,

Jesus  “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

Narrator: 11 The woman said to him,

Woman:  “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?”

Narrator:  13 Jesus said to her,

Jesus:  “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”

Narrator: 15 The woman said to him,

Woman:  “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

Narrator: 16 Jesus said to her,

Jesus:  “Go, call your husband, and come back.”

Narrator: 17 The woman answered him,

Woman:  “I have no husband.”

Narrator: Jesus said to her,

Jesus:  “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!”

Narrator:  19 The woman said to him,

Woman:  “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you[b] say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.”

Narrator: 21 Jesus said to her,

Jesus: “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Narrator: 25 The woman said to him,

Woman:  “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.”

Narrator: 26 Jesus said to her,

Jesus:  “I am he,[c] the one who is speaking to you.”

Narrator: 27 Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?” 28 Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people,

Woman: 29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah,[d] can he?”

Narrator: 30 They left the city and were on their way to him.31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32 But he said to them,

Jesus:  “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”

Narrator: 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them,

Jesus:  “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. 36 The reaper is already receiving[e] wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” 

Narrator : 39 Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony,

Woman: “He told me everything I have ever done.”

Narrator: 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”

Footnotes:

  1. John 4:9 Other ancient authorities lack this sentence
  2. John 4:20 The Greek word for you here and in verses 21 and 22 is plural
  3. John 4:26 Gk I am
  4. John 4:29 Or the Christ
  5. John 4:36 Or 35 . . . the fields are already ripe for harvesting. 36 The reaper is receiving

A Poem a Sunday
Lent II – A
March 19, 2017

Well!  Well!  Well!

Water is life
status is wealth,
and Jacob’s well
is a place of death.

Death to a barren one
who lives in despair
yet encounters the Teacher
with living water to share.

Living water that cascades
from a cloud ridden sky,
a gift of liquid grace
for a woman’s deep cry.

Underground waterfalls
and the Prophet’s voice
declare:  “I am the One!
And you have a choice

to step into grace,
be drowned by the waters
or remain in disgrace
in Jacob’s dark quarters.

A well springs within you,
a promise ever new.
escape the well of Jacob
live a life that is true.”

Samaritan, half-breed,
barren woman once cursed
now bright and brave
having had a new birth.

Declares to her neighbors:
“This is the one,
the Prophet of God,
Messiah, the Chosen One.

Come, see for yourself.
Come, to the living waters.
Jacob's old well
now has no borders.

Grace is for all,
no longer in a Temple.
God, dwells with God’s people,
it is truly that simple.

Come to the living waters;
be washed, made new.
God loves all peoples,
and is here for you.”

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