Monday, February 24, 2020

Never any doubt

Haiku for the faithful.

Temptation stories:
will his mission be derailed?
Jesus is not swayed.

This devil fella,
who invited him into
these Gothic stories?

Angels and devils;
do they still make sense to us,
must we yet believe?

If you are God’s Son . . . ?
Great question! What quality
makes Jesus God’s child.

What makes me God’s child?
Is it that I am baptised,
or because I love?

The superpowers
hinted at in these stories;
will they capture him?

Or is he defined
by denial, declining
any privilege?

Refusing comfort,
and captive to his calling
he chooses his path.

Worship only God
and do what God requires.
The choice for us all!


© Ken Rookes 2020.

Monday, February 17, 2020

The mountain was high

Haiku of illumination

The mountain was high,
according to Matthew’s text.
Four friends made the climb.

Mystery mountain
cloaked in energy and light;
Jesus shining bright.

Moses, man of law,
talking with the carpenter
and comparing notes.

Prophet Elijah
enters the conversation,
gives his two-bob’s worth.

Jesus, fulfilment
of the law and the prophets.

Further approval
in the voice and shining cloud:
Listen to my Son!

Some who name him, Lord,
forget his command to love.
They will not listen.

Surpassing the Law
and greater than the prophets:
Jesus’ words of love.

© Ken Rookes 2020

Friday, February 14, 2020

Art Exhibition and FREE Studies!

The exhibition starts in three days!
The studies can be done any time, but it would be good to see the exhibition first!
For all you Christians who have nothing better to do in Lent!

Monday, February 10, 2020

But I say to you

Haiku for doing better

We need “shall-not” laws
to limit bad behaviour.
But that’s all they do.

You have heard it said.
All the shall-nots from the past
do not lead to love.

It is wrong to kill.
Ev’ryone knows that. We need
to deal with anger.

Violence has roots:
anger, abuse, injustice.
Act against these things.

Let love rule your hearts,
make your peace, be reconciled;
ev’rybody wins.

Try to be faithful,
and not just with your body;
with your mind as well.

Always speak the truth.
All should know your “yes” means “yes,”
and your “no” means “no.”

© Ken Rookes 2020.

Monday, February 3, 2020


Haiku for followers

Sodium chloride,
commonly known as salt. What
to do without it?

Should salt lose its taste,
(an impossibility!)
it would be thrown out.

We are to be salt
imparting flavour and life
to an eager world.

Jesus came as light;
calling disciples to come
and reflect his life.

You too will be light
shining love into the dark.
Stand tall and shine bright.

He came to fulfil
the law, prophets; to correct
all the shortcomings.

Law has become dead,
none listen to the prophets;
hear what Jesus says.

In this present age
few listen to his teachings;
few there are who love.

They worship mammon
while the planet is burning.
They will not enter.

© Ken Rookes 2020

The storm

Haiku of stillness After a long day telling stories, parables, Jesus needs a break. Suggests a boat trip. Let us cross the lake; ...