Tuesday, June 28, 2016


 When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, ‘By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?’ Jesus said to them, ‘I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?’ And they argued with one another, ‘If we say, “From heaven”, he will say to us, “Why then did you not believe him?” But if we say, “Of human origin”, we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.’ So they answered Jesus, ‘We do not know.’ And he said to them, ‘Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
 ‘What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, “Son, go and work in the vineyard today.” He answered, “I will not”; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, “I go, sir”; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?’ They said, ‘The first.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, the tax-collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax-collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him. Matthew 21:23-32


None of us gets out without trails
none can follow a path and not doubt
none can hold a new baby and not wonder
how must I believe so I can understand.

We stumble and fall asleep on the road
we miss understand our own companions
we get lost in the dark and often turned around
even when love stands right beside us.

Believing calls for the homeless to see home
believing gives the foolish to gain great wisdom
believing grants compassion to the heartless
and showers the painfully afraid with courage.

We are at once far from home and settled
simultaneously terrified and ferocious
constantly finding ourselves hot and cold
and yet divine love beckons us onward.

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