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Gospel Readings in Haiku: a fresh look at the Living Word of God
Posted 02/02/2018 11:13AM

Mr. Monahan's senior students writing the Gospel Readings for Mass in HaikuMr. Monahan directed his 12th grade Theology classes to contemplate the readings for the upcoming school liturgy, an exercise he does frequently with his classes. Often they prepare their own homily based on the reading for Mass. Only this week, he asked them to tell the story in Haiku.

For those who might have forgotten, a Haiku is a type of short Japanese poetry that has 17 syllables, in the form of three phrases with 5, 7 and 5 syllables respectively.

Mr. Monahan wanted to use the Haiku as a means to help students better understand the Living Word of God, contemplating the wisdom and lessons, reflecting on the meanings.

"They had a little bit of a hard time at first," Mr. Monahan shared. "But, once they got started, they did a great job."

He proudly has shared their works to inspire and encourage the community. Congratulations to our senior Theology students!

Enjoy a few of their creations.




Sow the seed of faith
For the spirit will guide you
Eternal life is yours


Carry yourself along
Those who accept you accept me
They understand the faith
 - Rikiah Wise

Listen to the Lord
May the peace come among us
Go onto your ways.
 - Thomas Do

God Sends his people
To preach and profess his word
Become one of them.
 - Kira Royster

Bring peace to households
Go where the Lord tells you to
Do not reject God.
- Stanton Askew

Lord serve as a path
Act as the prime example
Teach me how to love.
- Tommi Reed

I will follow you
Teach me your statues oh God.
You are the most high.

Go into the towns
Work hard and always believe
Teach my perfect ways.
- Selena Davis

Only necessities
Do not bring more than you need
Always strive for peace.
- Rune Jackson

No one should discard
The wisdom of their parents
They know more than you.
- Thomas McCauley

The harvest is full
The Lord is visiting us
Lambs among wolves.
- Tierra Curseen

Be peaceful always
Including hostile people
Bring light where you go
- Tara Mason

A lamb of the Lord
Against the harsh wolves of sin
But God's on my side.
- Alecia Waterman

Bring Peace upon earth
Let followers listen to me
Proclaim the Gospel.
- Sydnee Carter

Jesus sent many 
They took no belongings
Peace to this household.
- Makayla Fuller

God represented
By Jesus represented
By his followers.
- Ella Bechet

Follow God's command
And you will live in peace
His path is justice.
- London Smith

Hear my instruction
Bear your own burden in life
You reap your harvest.
- Ellery Foressell

Examine your work
Bear your neighbors burdens
Fulfill the law of Christ

Those who follow you
Follow me. Those who reject
You, reject me also.
- Kiera Brothers

In a gentle way,
Help those who are struggling
To fulfill God's law.
- Korron Shivers

Seventy were sent to town
Say peace to the whole household
It will return to you.
- Brianna Jefferson

Spread peace to households
It may return back to you
Just leave it to me.
- Raemyn Richardson

God created us
We are called to spread God's word
He lives within us.
- Brookes Yates

If we lose our peace
What is given to us is gone
We should trust the Lord
- Nia Hayes

Lord teach me Your ways
Let me bring peace everywhere 
In every household.
- Taylor Grimes

Listen to God's word
God wants us to be peaceful
Always spread God's word.
- Tayler Person

Pray for your brother.
Look after each other.
God is in all of us.
- DeMia Goddard

Heaven is the child
Listen to their mysteries
Reject those who mock.
- Catherine Ramsey

Bring peace to others
This is my job for you now
Go and be my lambs.
- Jaeda York

Go out with nothing
In your time of need seek others,
- Skylar Watson

Brother's and sister's
Will work together to grow
To find love in Christ.
- Kamau Moody

To harvest and grow in God
Love like no other.
- Sydney Bowie

Harvest abundant
Workers few God is coming
Peace to this household.
- Kadin Hardy

God teach me your ways
I long to become like you
God show me the way.
- Madison Beavers

Here are the readings used for the class Haiku project:

First Reading: Proverbs 1:8-11a

Hear, my son, your father's instruction,
    and reject not your mother's teaching;
A graceful diadem will they be for your head;
    a pendant for your neck.
My son, should sinners entice you,
do not go if they say, "Come along with us!

Responsorial Psalm - 119R.

(68b)Lord, teach me your statutes.
Teach me wisdom and knowledge,
for in your commands I trust.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
You are good and bountiful;
teach me your statutes.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
Let your kindness comfort me
according to your promise to your servants.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
for your law is my delight.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
Never will I forget your precepts,
for through them you give me life.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
I am yours; save me,
for I have sought your precepts.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.

Second Reading: Galatians 6:1-10  

Brothers, even if a person is caught in some transgression, you who are spiritual should correct that one in a gentle spirit, looking to yourself, so that you also may not be tempted.  Bear one another's burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.  For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he is deluding himself.  Each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason to boast with regard to himself alone, and not with regard to someone else; for each will bear his own load.

One who is being instructed in the word should share all good things with his instructor.  Make no mistake: God is not mocked, for a person will reap only what he sows, because the one who sows for his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows for the spirit will reap eternal life from the spirit. Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up.  So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all, but especially to those who belong to the family of the faith.

Gospel Acclamation

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Reading: Luke 10:1-6,16

After this the Lord appointed seventy others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this household.' If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.

Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me."

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