Dear Sir Revisited

old onion skin wrappings
were just the beginning
I gave my heart to You
raw and unprotected
and You made it like Yours
bruised and beaten
torn and resewn
with the marks of real love
making it almost unrecognizable
no longer just human in form
but ready to love into eternity


Luke 9:22

You knew the course of your life here on earth
before you ever set foot
every single day
You knew your fate was to suffer greatly
and be rejected
with hearts still shut against you
as you gave your last
and still you chose
you chose this life
that brought betrayal and rejection

I don’t know my fate
whether my last day will still show
vain attempts
and lonely days
hearts unknown and closed off
If today were the last
I would be the same as you
but I wouldn’t have it any other way
I would choose it all again
out of love for You


the secrets that we keep
every superhero has to have them
the burden of not having the ones you love
know you fully
or even
that you love them at all

there’s a boy in my office
who pulls of Clark Kent
quite well
suit coat and glasses
and a little curl of hair
at the top of his forehead
with the tell-tale awkwardness
around a certain writer

but what he hides underneath
his secret that you would never guess
is a pair of goofy socks
that just peek through
when he forgets and crosses his legs

The Antiphons, By Any Other Name

No other name takes with it the meaning–
Oh praise the name–

of wisdom – O Sapienta – oh thought of God, forming the universe and making room for every soul needed to bring this world to completion

of lord – O Adonai – leading your people through their journey, like a shepherd, along the way that only you know, that leads to life

of beginning – O Radix Jesse – when everything is ending, you bring new life to birth in us where we thought death had covered our hearts

of freedom – O Clavis David – opening the cages that keep us bound inside ourselves, unlocking our desire to follow you to God’s presence

of light – O Oriens – shining in our darkness, bringing hope in the night until we can see the glory of the day

of king – O Rex Gentium – serving with humility, uniting every race and culture in love and brotherhood, lifting us up to reign with you

of man – O Emmanuel – bringing your divinity into our humanity, coming down from heaven so that God could always be with us

This is Jesus.