A Parable of the Snow Drop and A Parable of Littleness

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 06/14/2012

in Ordinary Time

…the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. (Mark 4:27b)


Two Parable Poems by Sister Juliemarie McDonald, SND
for the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B
June 17, 2012

A Parable of the Snow Drop

Fueled by a million man-made
Wings of fire,
The rocket tore a tunnel
Through the sky,
And everybody cheered!

Fueled by a thought from God,
The seedling urged its way
Through the thickness of the
Earth, and as it pierced the
Heavy ceiling of the soil
Launched itself into outer space
No one even clapped!


To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,or what parable can we use for it? (Mark 4:30)

A Parable of Littleness

A speck of dust can cause a waterfall of tears,
A drop of water can erode a mammoth rock,
An acorn grows into the mighty oak,
A mustard seed teeters as a towering tree.
“I wondered why all the hype of  being the:
Tallest building,
Longest bridge,
Biggest fortune?”

“For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.” (Luke 9:48b)

It takes humanity such a long time to become little,
To embrace being just a drop, a speck, a seed.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. How is it that we miss the common miracles of everyday-ness?
  2. Why does it take so long for us to become childlike?
  3. Why is it so difficult for such a childlike person to survive in today’s society?

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